Investigation launched into suspected race assault “retaliation” attack
We’ve launched an investigation following reports of a disorder at a property in Wolverhampton yesterday evening (Monday) which we believe is linked to a racist incident in a city park at the weekend.
Officers were called to the Whitmore Reans area at about 7.30pm following reports a group of about 10 men were smashing windows at a house. A man in his 40s suffered an injury to his head but thankfully he didn’t require hospital treatment.
We believe the attack was in retaliation for a racially aggravated assault in West Park on Saturday.
Our officers have moved quickly to arrest two teenage boys, aged 15 and 17, over the shocking incident and they remain in police custody; we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the matter.
The incident is being treated extremely seriously and, in light of the retribution attack, we are urging people across our communities not to take matters into their own hands.
Chief Inspector Hasson Shigdar of Wolverhampton Police, said: "We know there is a great deal of anger and frustration following an incident in West Park and we understand that. But we are asking our communities to now pull together and remain calm as we work to bring those involved to justice.
"We will not tolerate racially aggravated incidents in our city and following enquiries into Saturday's incident we have now made two arrests.
"Unfortunately we are also investigating a second attack which we believe was in retaliation and we would now urge everyone to allow officers to focus on carrying out their enquiries.
"We also do not want these incidents to cause any more harm or upset than they already have so we are asking people to no longer share footage as this can only stir up further resentment and anger."
We have launched an investigation into this latest incident, which we understand was filmed and is now being shared online. We would ask people not to share this video, or video of the initial incident, as this could fuel further hatred and unrest.
Anyone with information about either incident can contact us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 3816 of 5 June.