Racists attack Indian nurses in Liverpool
Nurses from India working in hospitals in north Liverpool are terrified to move out of their flats.india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 10:54 IST
Nurses from India working in hospitals in north Liverpool have recently been attacked by racist thugs, leaving them terrified to move out of their flats, according to reports from Liverpool.
Four blocks of flats in Falconhall Road, Fazakerley, where the nurses recruited by the National Health Service reside, have been attacked. The racist abuse hurled at the nurses is reported to be getting worse.
Minu Subash, a nurse working at the Fazakerley hospital, was quoted as saying: "We are really afraid to go out at night because of young boys roaming around outside. I have stopped them trying to take my car and they tried to smash their way into a flat through the window.
"When you say anything to them or chase them away, you get 'paki this' and 'paki that'. It is all the time."
Rani Thomas, who works at the same hospital, told the Liverpool Echo, a leading local daily: "We have all had some problems. There has been stone-throwing and cars have been damaged. People won't go out at night because of it."
Glenn McDowall, landlord of the flats where the nurses reside, said: "Starting some months ago, local boys have been throwing eggs at the flats occupied by the Indian nurses and screaming abuse such as 'Go home pakis'. The harassment is now escalating."
Police inspector Paul Un-sworth said: "Merseyside police has not been made aware of any of the incidents highlighted, however now that it has been brought to our attention, we will speak with everyone concerned and will fully investigate each allegation.
"We take racial harassment very seriously and work hard at investigating all incidents thoroughly.
"There has been a dedicated officer who works with the nurses via the hospital for more than a year now and she will be continuing to work with those in the local community".
First Published: Dec 29, 2006 10:45 IST