'Hate crimes' probed by police amidst reports of attacks on Poles and Muslims in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU

  • Two Polish men were beaten to a pulp in Upton Park, east London
  • Polish community centre was vandalised in a suspected racist attack 
  • Immigrants delivered cards reading, 'Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin'
  • Two men were arrested in Birmingham after a protest outside a mosque
  • Muslim Council of Britain has had 100 'hate crime' reports since EU vote 


  • Hate crimes' are being probed by police across the country with an increase in reports of attacks on Poles and Muslims in the wake of Brexit vote.
    Two Polish men were beaten to a pulp in Upton Park, east London, at the weekend.
    A man, named Carlos, tweeted about the incident as he came across it. He also posted pictures of the men - a father and son - lying unconscious on the ground, their bloody faces as they got up and paramedics treating them at the scene.
    Two Polish men were beaten to a pulp in Upton, east London, at the weekend
    A man, named Carlos, tweeted about the incident as he came across it
    Two Polish men were beaten to a pulp in Upton, east London, at the weekend. A man, named Carlos, tweeted about the incident as he came across it
    Carlos also posted pictures of the men - a father and son - lying unconscious on the ground, their bloody faces as they got up and paramedics treating them at the scene.
    Carlos also posted pictures of the men - a father and son - lying unconscious on the ground, their bloody faces as they got up and paramedics treating them at the scene.
    In a series of tweets, he said: 'Walking home, see these men laid out on the floor, thought they were drunk, took a photo, turns out they've been battered senseless by 'English man, English man'. They're Polish.'
    'A son and his dad, dad's unconscious. Blood everywhere.' 
    'Father has a broken arm, and possible neck trauma, son has severe facial fractures, broken jaw and nose. my god. 

    'This referendum, this division, this racism, this bigotry, this disgrace. had enough of it.'
    Carlos put the men in a recovery position and waited for the emergency services to arrive. He said paramedics told him that the men had been lying there for over an hour. 
    Police are investigating the incident, which took place on Saturday night.
    A Polish community centre was vandalised in a suspected racist attack which some have also linked to the vote to quit the EU.
    Workers at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, west London, found graffiti across the building's front doors saying 'F*** off.'
    Police have now launched an investigation into the incident, which they are treating as a 'racially motivated crime'.
    Another incident saw Polish immigrants in Huntingdon, near Cambridge, delivered cards reading, 'Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin'.
    The UK's Polish Embassy released a statement following the incidents.
    It read: 'We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other UK residents of migrant heritage.
    'The Polish Embassy is in contact with relevant institutions, and local police and already investigating the two most widely reported cases in Hammersmith, London, and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.'
    'We call on all Polish nationals who fall victim of xenophobic abuse and non all witnesses to report such incidents to local authorities.'
    Horror: These messages were delivered to Polish families in the Cambridge area yesterday
    Horror: These messages were delivered to Polish families in the Cambridge area yesterday
    Vandalism: Graffiti reading 'F*** off OPM' appeared on the outside of the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, West London this morning
    Vandalism: Graffiti reading 'F*** off OPM' appeared on the outside of the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, West London this morning
    Islamophobia has also been more apparent, according to the Muslim Council for Britain (MCB), who have collated more than 100 reports of 'hate crimes' against the religion since the shock result.
    Two men were arrested in Birmingham after a protest outside a mosque on Saturday, where police confiscated a banner with the slogan 'rapefugees not welcome'. 
    Heaven Crawley also wrote on Twitter: 'This evening my daughter left work in Birmingham and saw group of lads corner a Muslim girl shouting "Get out, we voted leave". Awful times' 
    A spokesman for the MCB said: 'There have been countless incidents reported including a Polish centre being daubed with racist graffiti, a racist demonstration outside a mosque in Birmingham, and many reports of Muslims and others being taunted with 'go back home!' or similar sentiments.'
    Calling for action, Dr. Shuja Shafi, the Secretary General of the MCB, said: 'As the results of the referendum became known, I called for our politicians to come together and heal the divisions that have emerged as a result of the campaign. 
    'Now we are witnessing the shocking extent of this with reports around the country of hate speech and minorities being targeted. 
    'We need leadership now more than ever before. Our country is experiencing a political crisis which, I fear threatens the social peace. 
    'Whatever differences we may have, it is vitally important that we demonstrate solidarity for those attacked, and state, in the words of the murdered MP Jo Cox, that 'We have far more in common than which divides us'.' 
    Sky News presenter Adam Boulton wrote: 'This weekend I and my family have witnessed 3 "when are you going home?" Racist incidents aimed at EU citizens here.'
    Sky News presenter Adam Boulton wrote: 'This weekend I and my family have witnessed 3 "when are you going home?" Racist incidents aimed at EU citizens here.'
    Many people took to social media to report various incidents they had witnessed or heard about using the hashtag '#PostRefRacism'.
    Sam Valiant tweeted: 'Today a group of men called me a "P**i C**t" and told me to go home. In London. Where I was born, raised and lived for 32yrs.'
    Sky News presenter Adam Boulton wrote: 'This weekend I and my family have witnessed 3 "when are you going home?" Racist incidents aimed at EU citizens here.'
    In Barnsley, Channel 4 News reporter Ciaran Jenkins said: 'Been standing here five minutes. Three different people have shouted "send them home".' 
    James Titcombe tweeted: 'Daughter tells me someone wrote "[Child's name] go back to Romania" on the wall in the girls toilets at School today.' 
    And in London, Jamie Pohotsky reported: "Table next to me says to Polish waitress "How come you're so cheerful? You're going home." Him and the missus started laughing." Disgusting.'
    Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Equality Officer, said 'Following the Brexit vote last week, we have seen a rise in reports of racist incidents from Hammersmith to Birmingham to Barnsley. This behaviour is outrageous, out of order and entirely unacceptable.
    GMB condemns these actions of hatred and offers our pledge to support GMB members and people of all ethnicities in the UK. Those that let the genie of xenophobia and racism out of the bottle have a lot to answer for.' 
    A statement from Stand Up To Racism read: 'The most dangerous outcome of the EU referendum debate is the unleashing of the most heinous manifestations of racism and far right nationalism. 
    'This toxic discussion on immigration has turned the clock back on race relations in Britain and cost a Labour MP her life.' 


    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3662114/Reports-attacks-Poles-Muslims-wake-Brexit-vote.html

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