UK police charge five over brutal attack on teenage asylum seeker

British Police charge five people over an attack on an asylum seeker by a gang of up to 30 assailants.

CROYDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 2, 2017) (BBC) – British police said on Monday (April 3) they had charged five people over a “brutal” attack involving a gang of up to 30 assailants on a teenage asylum seeker in south London which left the victim with a fractured skull and blood clot on his brain.

Detectives are treating the incident as a racially motivated hate crime. They said the 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian boy was left critically injured after the attack shortly before midnight on Friday as he waited at a bus stop with two friends near a pub in Croydon.

The teenager is recovering in hospital and is now in a serious but stable condition which is not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Officers said they had made 11 arrests since Friday night and charged five people, three aged 20 and two aged 24, with violent disorder.

One man was also charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm and they are all due to appear in court later on Monday.

Three others, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder, remain in custody.

Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said as many as 30 people were involved in the apparently motiveless attack.