Notts MP calls for strategy to tackle race hate violence

Dad-of-three Sui Chung was simply challenging the racist abuse dealt out by youths outside his Clifton takeaway. His punishment was a broken arm and wrist, and bruising to his face, which left his eye swollen shut.

The 56-year-old was set upon by up to six youths at about 9pm last Monday.

Mr Chung’s wife, Tam King Chung, was pushed to the ground as she tried to help her husband during the incident outside Clifton Chinese, in Varney Road.

Two staff at a nearby pizza delivery shop finally managed to pull the youths off Mr Chung after hearing the attack and running to his aid.

“Two men saved my life. They stopped the youths from killing me,” said Mr Chung.

He spent two nights in the Queen’s Medical Centre receiving treatment for his injuries.

It was not the first race-hate crime he had endured since opening his take away 14 years ago.

“They challenge me every day,” he said. “Sometimes as many as 30 youths. They are aged 15 or 16, with some younger. This has been going on a long time.”

Other Varney Road businesses say they have suffered similar problems.

Kevin Clarke, of NG11 Cars, a mini-cab firm based at Southchurch Drive’s junction with Varney Road, said: “We had our cars done a couple of weeks ago. Two wing mirrors were broken and a wheel nut was taken off another vehicle.

“I know Mr Chung very often gets trouble.”

Kishore Kumar, manager of Select Convenience on the corner of Varney Road and Greencroft, said he had also heard that Mr Chung had been regularly targeted.

He said: “If kids know they can rile someone up, they do. I tell him to try to ignore it. I’ve said to him ‘call me if you’re getting trouble and I’ll come down’.

“People are not endemically racist here. They taunt him for his poor English. I feel that he does not always get the right response from police.”

A member of staff from Rapid Loans, in Varney Road, who did not want to be named, said: “Mr Chung is an easy target. He’s had his windows smashed. It’s sad as they are a nice family. I get kids in here but I only let them in one at a time.”

One local plumber, 42, said: “You get a bad bunch and they get locked up, and then there’s the next generation.

“You get fives and tens of youths. They’re 14 to 17. Sometimes you get girls with them.”

Sheila Bromley, 71, who lives in Varney Road, said: “We get youths around the shops. There would be 40-odd outside but no-one did anything about it.

“The kids come out at night. Mr Chung has had trouble before. They have chucked things at his windows.”

A Valley Road resident said: “They goad Mr Chung and he chases after them. If you get eight of them, you’ve got your hands full. The PCSOs and CPOs – the youths are not bothered about them.”

The attack comes after Ashley Marlow was jailed for eight months for racially aggravated common assault on an Iranian DG Cars driver. Marlow, of Bendigo Lane, Sneinton, was convicted last month after the attack was captured on a CCTV camera fitted in the mini-cab.

MP Mr Simpson said: “We have to be asking if this is a pattern. People here have been anxious about activities of the BNP and the recent rally of the EDL.

“All of this is associated with bringing racial violence on to the streets. This is something that we don’t want them to achieve in Nottingham.

“Intermittently, there have been patterns of gang violence in Clifton that the police have had to work quite hard on to stamp out.

“This is not youths fighting it out among themselves, it’s the systematic harassment of the non-involved.”

Mr Chung’s daughter, Gar Wai Chung, 21, said she was unhappy with how police dealt with the attack on her father.

“The police attitude is hideous,” she said. “They did not come to the takeaway, where they may have got a glimpse of the youths that did this.

“They put the attack down as actual bodily harm and I thought that was wrong. It should have been grievous bodily harm. One officer said ‘I do not have x-ray vision to see what the damage is’.”

A Notts police spokesman said: “Details as to what happened were not terribly clear, but the call reporting the incident was classified as an ‘urgent’ job which requires us to respond in under one hour.

“An ambulance had gone to the takeaway and taken Mr Chung to the QMC and then we got a call from his daughter to redirect officers there.

“Officers made contact with the family again on Friday and Saturday, and took a statement on Saturday. As part of our investigation we have viewed CCTV, taken several witness statements and are following several lines of enquiry.”

Anyone with information can call Notts Police on 0115 967 0999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

DAD-of-three Sui Chung was simply challenging the racist abuse dealt out by youths outside his Clifton takeaway. His punishment was a broken arm and wrist, and bruising to his face, which left his eye swollen shut.

The 56-year-old was set upon by up to six youths at about 9pm last Monday.

Mr Chung’s wife, Tam King Chung, was pushed to the ground as she tried to help her husband during the incident outside Clifton Chinese, in Varney Road.

Two staff at a nearby pizza delivery shop finally managed to pull the youths off Mr Chung after hearing the attack and running to his aid.

“Two men saved my life. They stopped the youths from killing me,” said Mr Chung.

He spent two nights in the Queen’s Medical Centre receiving treatment for his injuries.

It was not the first race-hate crime he had endured since opening his take away 14 years ago.

“They challenge me every day,” he said. “Sometimes as many as 30 youths. They are aged 15 or 16, with some younger. This has been going on a long time.”

Other Varney Road businesses say they have suffered similar problems.

Kevin Clarke, of NG11 Cars, a mini-cab firm based at Southchurch Drive’s junction with Varney Road, said: “We had our cars done a couple of weeks ago. Two wing mirrors were broken and a wheel nut was taken off another vehicle.

“I know Mr Chung very often gets trouble.”

Kishore Kumar, manager of Select Convenience on the corner of Varney Road and Greencroft, said he had also heard that Mr Chung had been regularly targeted.

He said: “If kids know they can rile someone up, they do. I tell him to try to ignore it. I’ve said to him ‘call me if you’re getting trouble and I’ll come down’.

“People are not endemically racist here. They taunt him for his poor English. I feel that he does not always get the right response from police.”

A member of staff from Rapid Loans, in Varney Road, who did not want to be named, said: “Mr Chung is an easy target. He’s had his windows smashed. It’s sad as they are a nice family. I get kids in here but I only let them in one at a time.”

One local plumber, 42, said: “You get a bad bunch and they get locked up, and then there’s the next generation.

“You get fives and tens of youths. They’re 14 to 17. Sometimes you get girls with them.”

Sheila Bromley, 71, who lives in Varney Road, said: “We get youths around the shops. There would be 40-odd outside but no-one did anything about it.

“The kids come out at night. Mr Chung has had trouble before. They have chucked things at his windows.”

A Valley Road resident said: “They goad Mr Chung and he chases after them. If you get eight of them, you’ve got your hands full. The PCSOs and CPOs – the youths are not bothered about them.”

The attack comes after Ashley Marlow was jailed for eight months for racially aggravated common assault on an Iranian DG Cars driver. Marlow, of Bendigo Lane, Sneinton, was convicted last month after the attack was captured on a CCTV camera fitted in the mini-cab.

MP Mr Simpson said: “We have to be asking if this is a pattern. People here have been anxious about activities of the BNP and the recent rally of the EDL.

“All of this is associated with bringing racial violence on to the streets. This is something that we don’t want them to achieve in Nottingham.

“Intermittently, there have been patterns of gang violence in Clifton that the police have had to work quite hard on to stamp out.

“This is not youths fighting it out among themselves, it’s the systematic harassment of the non-involved.”

Mr Chung’s daughter, Gar Wai Chung, 21, said she was unhappy with how police dealt with the attack on her father.

“The police attitude is hideous,” she said. “They did not come to the takeaway, where they may have got a glimpse of the youths that did this.

“They put the attack down as actual bodily harm and I thought that was wrong. It should have been grievous bodily harm. One officer said ‘I do not have x-ray vision to see what the damage is’.”

A Notts police spokesman said: “Details as to what happened were not terribly clear, but the call reporting the incident was classified as an ‘urgent’ job which requires us to respond in under one hour.

“An ambulance had gone to the takeaway and taken Mr Chung to the QMC and then we got a call from his daughter to redirect officers there.

“Officers made contact with the family again on Friday and Saturday, and took a statement on Saturday. As part of our investigation we have viewed CCTV, taken several witness statements and are following several lines of enquiry.”

Anyone with information can call Notts Police on 0115 967 0999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

guy.woodford@nottinghameveningpost.co.uk

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