Saturday, 25 February 2012

Asian Businesses targeted over ‘sex grooming’ trial

More police will be out on patrol in a town where Asian takeaways came under attack.
A mob of around 200 youths congregated in the centre of the Heywood area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, as trouble began.
The disorder is understood to be linked to an on-going trial of men at Liverpool Crown Court.
Officers were pelted with bricks and other missiles and two arrests were made after windows were damaged at a takeaway on Bridge Street. An officer also suffered bruising to his legs and arms.
A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and police assault and a 14-year-old boy was arrested for causing danger to a public highway.
Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: "Greater Manchester Police, in conjunction with its partners and communities, is aware of the tensions in the borough that have come about because of an on-going court case in Liverpool. We ask that the community acts responsibly during this difficult time."
Zeeshan Khokhar, 23, owner of Bits n Pizza, a take-away on Market Street, said he was verbally abused, though his shop was not damaged. Mr Khokhar said "white friends" came to his shop to protect him as trouble began brewing.
He said: "It started about 4pm, kids banging on windows. The police came and told us to shut up shop. We are just doing business. Our white friends, they came here and they are protecting us and customers were standing outside our door."
Mr Khokhar said he only took over the shop seven weeks ago and his business has nothing to do with the trial in Liverpool.
Inspector Steve Clark, GMP's neighbourhood police inspector for Heywood, said: "There were a number of young children out this evening and I would like to ask that their parents are conscious of this in the coming days and weeks."

-    Press Association