Two youths have been charged after an attack on two Asian men in Leicester.
The youths, who are both 17-years-old, will appear at Leicester Youth Court tomorrow jointly charged with two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
An 18-year-old man who was also arrested has been bailed.
A 22-year-old man was critically injured in the attack on Saturday October 7, 2006 at the junction of Netherhall Road and Rosebarn Way.
Another man, also 22, needed hospital treatment.
Asian men suffer ‘serious’ attack
Last updated: 09/10/2006 17:08
An Asian man is in critical condition in hopsital after he was attacked by a group of men in what police are treating as a racist attack.
The man is currently being treated at the Queens Medical centre in Leicester. His condition is described as critical but stable.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the attack on the man and his friend in Leicester on Saturday night.
The two Asian men were set upon following an altercation with a group of white men outside the Costcutter supermarket near to the junction of Netherhall Road and Rosebarn Way in Leicester.
Detectives investigating the attack said both men sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital. One man has since been released.
Detective Inspector Dave Richardson, the officer leading the investigation, said: “We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw a group of possibly four or five men or youths in the area of Netherhall Road, near to Rosebarn Way, during Saturday evening, to get in touch with us. Even the smallest amount of information could be vital to our enquiries.
“Investigations are in their early stage and we are trying to ascertain the circumstances leading up to this attack taking place. At this stage, we are keeping an open mind, but are treating the incident as a potential racially motivated crime.”
Eight people, aged between 15 and 22 years have been arrested in connection with the incident. They are all currently being questioned at a police station in Leicestershire.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 817 Andrew Osborn at Hamilton local policing unit on Leicester (0116) 222 2222. Alternatively, you may contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous on 0800 555 111.