A community leader has appealed for calm after two alleged ‘race-hate’ attacks.
Afzal Khan, former Lord Mayor of Manchester and joint chairman of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, spoke out after the incidents in Hyde and Rochdale. Police said both were being regarded as racially-motivated hate-crimes because they were perceived as such by the alleged victims. Coun Khan said: “We all condemn any form of violence no matter who it is committed by. It is the duty of everyone who has information to come forward and help the police. “Retaliatory or tit-for-tat attacks will not help.” Two teenagers were allegedly beaten by a gang of up to eight Asian men in Hyde at the weekend. Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, suffered a fractured skull and two fractured eye sockets. His best friend Kavan Brown, also 17, suffered a broken nose. In a separate attack, a 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were attacked in Rochdale by three Asian men. Both were punched in the face as they walked on a footpath close to Sandbrook Retail Park, in Edinburgh Way. The 21-year-old was hit with a bottle before being repeatedly kicked and punched to the head and body as he lay on the ground. The attack happened at 8.15pm on January 28. The thugs ran off towards Deeplish. Det Con Ben Harris, from Rochdale CID, said: “This was a completely unprovoked and relentless attack that has left both victims shocked by their ordeal. “I can understand why this has caused concern within the community. “However, we cannot speculate why they were attacked and I do not want anyone to presume this has happened for a specific reason.” Anyone with information should phone 0161 856 8716 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 .
Ali Haydor, 21, of Croft Street, Hyde has been charged with assault in connection with the alleged attack in Hyde. A 17-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the same incident has been bailed until April 23.
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