Mother of 10-year-old beaten in a racist attack releases photos to raises awareness of hate crimes

A fuming mother of a 10-year-old boy who was beaten with a wooden plank in an alleged racist attack has released pictures of the youngsters injuries to help raise awareness of hate crimes.

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Awais Ali was on the way to his friend’s house to play a video game when was allegedly attacked by two boys who called him a “Paki” and demanded that he hand over money and his phone.

The youngster has said that he told them he did not have any money on him so they dragged him to a disused building where they hit him with a wooden stick and a plastic pipe before stamping on his back.

Ali suffered multiple injuries including injuries to his head, ribs, shoulder blades, his left leg and arms and had a trainer mark imprinted on his back from where they allegedly stood on him.

Ali eventually was able to flee from the attack and was rescued by a woman driving home from work who saw the young lad crawling along a fence of the building site and crying for help.

She drove the youngster back to his family home where his brother was able to comfort him.

His mother, Anisa Iqbal, 33, whose family moved from Pakistan 50 years ago, claimed: “They said ‘Oi, Paki, stop, where are you going?’ And demanded money. My son said he didn’t have any.

“They were holding his arms from the back so he wouldn’t run away. He tried to shout but nobody heard him.

“While he was up there they started hitting him with a wooden stick. Then the wooden stick broke and they hit him with a pipe on his head and his back.”

She added: “He used to sleep in his own bed but he’s stopped since the incident. He now sleeps in my bed with me and even in the night when he’s turning he says ‘Ouch that hurts’.

“I’ve had to wake up in the night to give him painkillers. He was too frightened to go to school the next day. He needed a lot of convincing from the schoolteacher and myself to come into school.”

The family has agreed for photos of the injuries to be published to raise awareness of racism

Police have launched an investigation into the attack and have spoken to two young boys, aged 11 and 12 about the attack.

Det Insp Steve Cartlidge said: “Any form of hate crime will be thoroughly investigated and we will be supporting the victim’s family and keeping them fully informed of our progress.

“We’d like to thank the local community for the help they’ve already provided to us, as well as the woman who came to the victim’s aid following the assault.

A police spokesman said on Wednesday: “Two boys are due to be formally interviewed by officers today. A video statement has now been taken from the victim. Our inquiries into this incident are continuing.”

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