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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 (3026271)
Maghull family traumatised after doubled hate crime attack
by David Simister


A FATHER has spoken of his shock after his son, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was assaulted by a gang of youths in what police have described as a hate crime attack.

The man's wife who is disabled was also later verbally assaulted in a related incident.

The man, who says he does not wished to be named for fear of reprisals, told The Champion that his son, who is 18 and has a form of autism, was verbally assaulted and beaten by three youths near Northway at around 9pm on Monday (April 23).

“A group of lads attacked my son on a bridge, and he had to hide near the cricket club after getting away.

”Then my wife, who was looking for my son, asked a gang of lads about what had happened and they turned on her, verbally abusing her and kicking her car,“ he told The Champion.

”I am hugely upset by what happened to my family, and absolutely distraught by what went on.

“If anyone has got a conscience and has any information about what happened, they will go to the police with any information they have.”

The family told The Champion they believe some of the attackers are pupils of a school based in the town.

Merseyside Police confirmed that they are treating the attacks as disability hate crimes, given the nature of the threats made by the offenders.

Detective Sgt Steve Swinnerton from Merseyside Police said: “These were two nasty incidents that have left two members of a family very shaken. We believe the assault on the son may be linked to a previous assault he suffered last year.

”This kind of offence is totally unacceptable and we are committed to finding the persons responsible.

“I urge anyone with information to come forward and help us with this investigation. Community information is vital when investigating reports of this kind.”

The offender responsible for the assault of the son is described as white, male, in his teens, around 5ft 6in of slight build. He was described as wearing a black tracksuit with a black coat.

He was wearing his hood up and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone who may of witnessed the incidents or has any information is asked to contact Police on 0151 777 3024 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.






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