Suspected BNP Thugs Attack At Love Music Hate Racism Event
By Michelle Dee
The live music event, organised by the The Warren Young Peoples Project and
Hull Youth Council saw a diverse group of people of different age groups
and ethnic backgrounds joining together at the City Hall in Hull.
They enjoyed the live music on offer in an atmosphere of peace and unity whilst highlighting the ongoing issue of racism in the city.
There were rumours circulating that the BNP were planning to disrupt the event, happily these came to nothing but one young music fan was on the receiving end of a particularly vicious attack.
Nick Robinson, a Warren Services User was assaulted by five suspected BNP members at the end of Neville Staples' (The Specials) set. During his set Neville, as he has done for decades, was on stage openly attacking BNP politics and beliefs. Nick spoke with me about the attack.
'Neville had just finished playing and I was stood by the front of the stage on my own
when five lads came up to me. They announced they were BNP members and asked what all
the chanting was about.
I responded by pointing to my LMHR shirt and saying this is what it's all about.
The youngest one began talking about the future of Britain and getting the blacks
out of the country.
I don't care about your politics why are you here? I asked him again.
'We came to see Neville Staples he's alright'
I said 'He doesn't like you.'
I tried to walk away but the one nearest me grabs hold of my arm and won't let go.
I tried pushing him away and the rest of the gang are shouting insults and goading
the guy holding me to fight.
I'm left defending myself as two of the lads come at me and then one hits the side of my head and the other punches me squarely in my right eye. That's when I went down and blacked out.'
This single action resulted in a gashed eyebrow, split eyelid and heavy bruising and swelling to Nick's upper cheek.
Nick received stitches to his eyebrow from the St John's Ambulance team. The five ran off, evading the security staff as Nick was helped backstage by persons unknown.
Nick went on to say, 'It's ridiculous how people so young should have such strong beliefs, thinking I want to be a skinhead, a neo-Nazi… its attention seeking. They picked the wrong person and the wrong place.'
I asked Nick whether Saturday's attack would put him off going to similar events he responded emphatically, 'No way. I'm not going to be bullied away.'
Nick said he thought this was a Hate Crime but didn't think it was worth reporting to the police. I explained to him the possibility of reporting the incident anonymously by phone or online and why it was important to do so.
Whether this was a planned attack on an unsuspecting LMHR supporter or a
gang of drunken thugs spoiling for a fight, I view this incident as cowardly
and utterly contemptible. As for the remark about liking Neville Staples it just underlines their complete ignorance and illustrates how idiotic and flawed their beliefs are.
Apart from this mindless attack, the rest of the event was entirely without incident.
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