Teenager kicked in head five times in brutal Radcliffe iPhone robbery

Teenager kicked in head four times in brutal Radcliffe robbery

Teenager kicked in head four times in brutal Radcliffe robbery

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A TEENAGER was brutally kicked in the head in a "violent and unprovoked" robbery in Radcliffe.

The 17-year-old victim was walking on Banana Walk away from Radcliffe Metrolink at 5pm on Saturday when he was hit from behind and fell to the ground.

He was then kicked in the head four times and heard a man say “give us your phone” before he was kicked in the head again.

His attackers then fled, taking his white iPhone 4.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the attack.

The teenager’s attackers are described as Asian, between 18 and 20 years old, about 6ft tall and skinny.

PC Mark Robertson said: "This was a violent and unprovoked attack and the victim is understandably extremely shaken by what happened.

"Innocent members of the public should be able to use the local bridleway without fear of being the victim of a crime.

"We are urging anybody who may have any information or may have seen the two offenders to contact us."

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8569594 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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11:10am Wed 20 Aug 14

angus macoatup says...

Is this a race crime?
Is this a race crime? angus macoatup
  • Score: 35

11:57am Wed 20 Aug 14

655321 says...

angus macoatup wrote:
Is this a race crime?
Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.
[quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: Is this a race crime?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such. 655321
  • Score: 36

12:11pm Wed 20 Aug 14

xBuryGirlx says...

angus macoatup wrote:
Is this a race crime?
Spot on! I'm sick to death of every crime that happens to a 'minority' being described as a racist attack or hate crime yet never when it is against a white person!
[quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: Is this a race crime?[/p][/quote]Spot on! I'm sick to death of every crime that happens to a 'minority' being described as a racist attack or hate crime yet never when it is against a white person! xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 34

1:24pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

I'm surprised they've given a description and even more that you can comment on it for the time being.
I'm surprised they've given a description and even more that you can comment on it for the time being. Wolfie190
  • Score: 17

1:32pm Wed 20 Aug 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
I'm surprised they've given a description and even more that you can comment on it for the time being.
Very true Wolfie! I'm sure they'll close the comments when they see they've left it open!
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised they've given a description and even more that you can comment on it for the time being.[/p][/quote]Very true Wolfie! I'm sure they'll close the comments when they see they've left it open! xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 10

1:58pm Wed 20 Aug 14

EmShambles says...

Kicking a kid in the head for a phone. When they catch the animal they should lock him up for attempted murder.
Kicking a kid in the head for a phone. When they catch the animal they should lock him up for attempted murder. EmShambles
  • Score: 29

2:04pm Wed 20 Aug 14

freya2007 says...

It was a vicious attack... They kicked him in the head more times than is reported. He was taken to hospital,his face was swollen badly... We need to catch these animals.
It was a vicious attack... They kicked him in the head more times than is reported. He was taken to hospital,his face was swollen badly... We need to catch these animals. freya2007
  • Score: 23

2:37pm Wed 20 Aug 14

radcliffehead1 says...

Completely agree with those saying this was a race crime.
Just because it was a minority race who attacked does not mean that this was not a racist attack. If it was the other way round I'm sure there would be a public outcry. Glad to hear that this is in the papers and also been reported on the radio, for once it's not just the minority groups who are being recognised as being on the receiving end of racism!!!
Hope they find the scum who did it and punish them for their appalling behaviour. And who is to say that it was even for a phone in the first place or at all? Seems to me like it wasn't.
Completely agree with those saying this was a race crime. Just because it was a minority race who attacked does not mean that this was not a racist attack. If it was the other way round I'm sure there would be a public outcry. Glad to hear that this is in the papers and also been reported on the radio, for once it's not just the minority groups who are being recognised as being on the receiving end of racism!!! Hope they find the scum who did it and punish them for their appalling behaviour. And who is to say that it was even for a phone in the first place or at all? Seems to me like it wasn't. radcliffehead1
  • Score: 21

2:48pm Wed 20 Aug 14

vincentvega says...

xBuryGirlx wrote:
angus macoatup wrote:
Is this a race crime?
Spot on! I'm sick to death of every crime that happens to a 'minority' being described as a racist attack or hate crime yet never when it is against a white person!
Well said and I totally agree!! The other way round it would 100% be reported as a racist attack/crime! I imagine all our comments will be deleted very soon because the powers that be at Bolton News will construe our comments as racist.........
[quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: Is this a race crime?[/p][/quote]Spot on! I'm sick to death of every crime that happens to a 'minority' being described as a racist attack or hate crime yet never when it is against a white person![/p][/quote]Well said and I totally agree!! The other way round it would 100% be reported as a racist attack/crime! I imagine all our comments will be deleted very soon because the powers that be at Bolton News will construe our comments as racist......... vincentvega
  • Score: 25

3:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Julian Thorpe says...

655321 wrote:
angus macoatup wrote:
Is this a race crime?
Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.
Ok guys... I think we need to explain the law here, as a lot of posters don't seem to get it.

If someone beats up a person of a different race, that alone, in the eyes of the law, does not make it "racially aggravated", regardless of who is attacking whom.

A crime only becomes racially aggravated if there is some factor that suggests the attack was racially motivated, such as racist language being used during the attack.

It makes no difference which way round the races are.

Hope this helps.
[quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: Is this a race crime?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.[/p][/quote]Ok guys... I think we need to explain the law here, as a lot of posters don't seem to get it. If someone beats up a person of a different race, that alone, in the eyes of the law, does not make it "racially aggravated", regardless of who is attacking whom. A crime only becomes racially aggravated if there is some factor that suggests the attack was racially motivated, such as racist language being used during the attack. It makes no difference which way round the races are. Hope this helps. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: -21

3:39pm Wed 20 Aug 14

655321 says...

Julian Thorpe wrote:
655321 wrote:
angus macoatup wrote:
Is this a race crime?
Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.
Ok guys... I think we need to explain the law here, as a lot of posters don't seem to get it.

If someone beats up a person of a different race, that alone, in the eyes of the law, does not make it "racially aggravated", regardless of who is attacking whom.

A crime only becomes racially aggravated if there is some factor that suggests the attack was racially motivated, such as racist language being used during the attack.

It makes no difference which way round the races are.

Hope this helps.
That may be what the law states Julian, however in practice what usually happens is: ethnic minority victim + British white perpetrator(s) = racist attack.
[quote][p][bold]Julian Thorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: Is this a race crime?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.[/p][/quote]Ok guys... I think we need to explain the law here, as a lot of posters don't seem to get it. If someone beats up a person of a different race, that alone, in the eyes of the law, does not make it "racially aggravated", regardless of who is attacking whom. A crime only becomes racially aggravated if there is some factor that suggests the attack was racially motivated, such as racist language being used during the attack. It makes no difference which way round the races are. Hope this helps.[/p][/quote]That may be what the law states Julian, however in practice what usually happens is: ethnic minority victim + British white perpetrator(s) = racist attack. 655321
  • Score: 21

7:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

vincentvega says...

Julian Thorpe wrote:
655321 wrote:
angus macoatup wrote:
Is this a race crime?
Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.
Ok guys... I think we need to explain the law here, as a lot of posters don't seem to get it.

If someone beats up a person of a different race, that alone, in the eyes of the law, does not make it "racially aggravated", regardless of who is attacking whom.

A crime only becomes racially aggravated if there is some factor that suggests the attack was racially motivated, such as racist language being used during the attack.

It makes no difference which way round the races are.

Hope this helps.
Thanks for explaining a law that I (and I assume others already knew) but my comment (and again i assume other comments) are more directed at the way so called "race/hate" crimes are reported by the Bolton News!
[quote][p][bold]Julian Thorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: Is this a race crime?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I was thinking, if the tables were turned then I'm sure it would be reported as such.[/p][/quote]Ok guys... I think we need to explain the law here, as a lot of posters don't seem to get it. If someone beats up a person of a different race, that alone, in the eyes of the law, does not make it "racially aggravated", regardless of who is attacking whom. A crime only becomes racially aggravated if there is some factor that suggests the attack was racially motivated, such as racist language being used during the attack. It makes no difference which way round the races are. Hope this helps.[/p][/quote]Thanks for explaining a law that I (and I assume others already knew) but my comment (and again i assume other comments) are more directed at the way so called "race/hate" crimes are reported by the Bolton News! vincentvega
  • Score: 9

7:27pm Wed 20 Aug 14

angus macoatup says...

oh we get it Julian.
oh we get it Julian. angus macoatup
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Miloman says...

Have to say ,
I wouldn't walk down banana path by my self , ever !!
It's the fact that it's so open and you hardly ever see people walking on it.
Ideal for crime to be committed .
And when I did walk I did it at busy times i.e. school pick up yet still hardly anyone around...
Have to say , I wouldn't walk down banana path by my self , ever !! It's the fact that it's so open and you hardly ever see people walking on it. Ideal for crime to be committed . And when I did walk I did it at busy times i.e. school pick up yet still hardly anyone around... Miloman
  • Score: -7

8:25pm Wed 20 Aug 14

hattie123 says...

Tower fm reports he was hit from behind. It's disgusting, utter cowardice. To repeatedly kick someone in the head as they are on the floor deserves a long prison sentence. I hope they catch the scum and my thoughts are with the teenager victim for a speedy recovery.
Tower fm reports he was hit from behind. It's disgusting, utter cowardice. To repeatedly kick someone in the head as they are on the floor deserves a long prison sentence. I hope they catch the scum and my thoughts are with the teenager victim for a speedy recovery. hattie123
  • Score: 16

10:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Fredie0 says...

Where does it state the victim was white?? Try reading the story before making assumptions. The victim could also have been asian for all any of you know...
Where does it state the victim was white?? Try reading the story before making assumptions. The victim could also have been asian for all any of you know... Fredie0
  • Score: -9

10:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

What will actually happen is that the cops will ask the minority victim if racist language was used, which, of course, is a leading question. When it is a white victim, then no such question will be asked. You get what you look for.

Fredie0 also has a very good point - the article does not specify the ethnicity of the victim.

Julian Thorpe does not address what happens if an Asian on Asian attack includes white racial abuse - is that a racially motivated crime?
What will actually happen is that the cops will ask the minority victim if racist language was used, which, of course, is a leading question. When it is a white victim, then no such question will be asked. You get what you look for. Fredie0 also has a very good point - the article does not specify the ethnicity of the victim. Julian Thorpe does not address what happens if an Asian on Asian attack includes white racial abuse - is that a racially motivated crime? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 7

11:04pm Wed 20 Aug 14

unknown1991 says...

Think you guys need to read the artcial proper!!! Jumping to concultions ONCE AGAIN!!!! Always seem to think you know it all!!!
Think you guys need to read the artcial proper!!! Jumping to concultions ONCE AGAIN!!!! Always seem to think you know it all!!! unknown1991
  • Score: -15

11:15pm Wed 20 Aug 14

mistyc says...

On Spotted Radcliffe it says another man has been badly attacked by two Asain youths this evening with a similar description. Nothing has been stolen, but the man is in a bad way.
I know the 17 year old stated above, he is my friends brother and is a really quiet lad and is a mess thanks to the scum who did this. It was a brutal attack and there were multiple kicks to head and face, not 4 or 5 as stated in the story. Please be careful and stick to busy areas if you're out alone, this is very worrying. And yes the 17 year old in the story is white, but when I heard about it from his sister I didn't think it was a race attack but a mugging as they stole his phone.
On Spotted Radcliffe it says another man has been badly attacked by two Asain youths this evening with a similar description. Nothing has been stolen, but the man is in a bad way. I know the 17 year old stated above, he is my friends brother and is a really quiet lad and is a mess thanks to the scum who did this. It was a brutal attack and there were multiple kicks to head and face, not 4 or 5 as stated in the story. Please be careful and stick to busy areas if you're out alone, this is very worrying. And yes the 17 year old in the story is white, but when I heard about it from his sister I didn't think it was a race attack but a mugging as they stole his phone. mistyc
  • Score: 14

10:03am Thu 21 Aug 14

mumtofour says...

Scum of the earth cowardly pointless individuals be their families are so proud although no doubt their the same. Hope this young man recovers quickly.
Scum of the earth cowardly pointless individuals be their families are so proud although no doubt their the same. Hope this young man recovers quickly. mumtofour
  • Score: 7

10:24am Thu 21 Aug 14

freya2007 says...

They gave the lad a kicking first then asked for his phone, then when he was getting the phone out of his pocket they proceeded to kick him..... Doesn't just sound like a mugging to me...
They gave the lad a kicking first then asked for his phone, then when he was getting the phone out of his pocket they proceeded to kick him..... Doesn't just sound like a mugging to me... freya2007
  • Score: 8

12:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Bowden Boy says...

Banana Walk has been reported as a bridle Way, it isn't, it is a Public Footpath and Cycle Way No. 6 on the National Network. This part near the tram stop is intimidating to walk through, with all the overhanging trees and bushes. There are also lots of empty beer cans all around the area.
Banana Walk has been reported as a bridle Way, it isn't, it is a Public Footpath and Cycle Way No. 6 on the National Network. This part near the tram stop is intimidating to walk through, with all the overhanging trees and bushes. There are also lots of empty beer cans all around the area. Bowden Boy
  • Score: 0

2:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

freya2007 says...

The council should cut the trees back and install cctv in that area... A lot of people use it and I've heard there's quite a few attacks in that area.... How can someone be attacked at 4-30 on a sunny Saturday afternoon.... The attackers obviously aren't bothered if someone comes along whilst they are attacking someone....
The council should cut the trees back and install cctv in that area... A lot of people use it and I've heard there's quite a few attacks in that area.... How can someone be attacked at 4-30 on a sunny Saturday afternoon.... The attackers obviously aren't bothered if someone comes along whilst they are attacking someone.... freya2007
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

united99 says...

Julian has explained it very clearly......
Anyway Asian or no Asian this is a cowardly attack and hope they catch them and deal with them hard - wish the boy a speedy recovery.
Julian has explained it very clearly...... Anyway Asian or no Asian this is a cowardly attack and hope they catch them and deal with them hard - wish the boy a speedy recovery. united99
  • Score: 1

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