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Second racist attack in space of a month reported in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:31 08 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:16 08 June 2020

Fen Park, in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

Fen Park, in Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

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A second racist attack in the space of a month has been reported in Lowestoft.

A member of the public reported the incident to Suffolk Police after being verbally abused by a group of teenagers in Fen Park, on Southwell Road.

The incident occurred on Friday, May 29, at 8.45pm, with the group, believed to be in their mid-teens, shouting racially abusive comments before swearing at a passer-by.

One of the teenagers is described as wearing a black hoodie, while another had a mousey brown crew cut, police say.

It comes after a teenage gang, believed to be in their late teens, threw a brick at a man, before punching him and racially abusing him on Rotterdam Road in Lowestoft on May 4 at 3.30pm.

The Lowestoft branch of the Stand Up to Racism group held a socially distanced protest on Rotterdam Road after officers made a plea for information about the incident, with the group returning for another protest outside the Britten Centre on London Road North last week to support the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

The group will now hold a third socially distanced protest vigil on Wednesday, June 10, at 6pm, at the Southwell Road entrance to Fen Park in response to the latest incident.

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Kevin Wingfield, secretary of the Lowestoft branch, said: “We cannot allow reported racist incidents to go by without anti-racists responding to help prevent the rise of racism and attacks on individuals.

“We are very clear that this protest will be organised with utmost regard for not risking spreading Covid-19.

“This means stewarded, socially distanced with two metres between people, wearing facemasks and having hand gel.

“Should numbers grow too large, participants will be disbursed into Fen Park and, if this is insufficient, we will terminate the protest.

“The protest will link the tragic case of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis with ongoing racism here at home.

“All who oppose racism are welcome.”

Anyone with information about the latest incident, or who may be able to identify those involved, is urged to contact officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 37/29527/20, or email Daisy.English@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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