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  • arrow_drop_down London, 21 May 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    An actor has said he was threatened after jumping to the defence of an Asian family who were allegedly racially abused on a London-bound train.

    He said: "As soon as we sat down on the table there was a couple who were shouting racist abuse at an Indian/Hindi family.

    "They were shouting things such as "get out of our country" as well as "p***s" and other things. The family left and moved to another carriage.

    "My friends and I were disgusted and said 'that's totally wrong' to which they then started calling us 'lefties' and 'd*******s' and 'f*****s'."

    Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/actor-threatened-after-defending-asian-family-from-racist-abuse-on-londonbound-train-a3545511.html.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    He and his friends complained about the abuse to a member of train staff, who he claimed warned the pair to stop.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 17 May 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults, Threats / intimidation

    Walking past Trafalgar Square a man was racing up to various passersby (presumably a lot of them tourists) yelling at them to speak English.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    I didn't see anyone offer support, although he was moving quickly through the crowd. I think people were stunned and didn't quite know what was going on.

  • arrow_drop_down Welwyn Garden City, 12 May 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    Although Eranda Wickramasinghe was born in Sri Lanka 40 years ago, he has lived in the UK since 1990, and won citizenship in 2000, marrying an Englishwoman two years ago and moving to Welwyn Garden City.

    Last week, as he arrived at the Hydeway end of the railway station footbridge on his way to work in London, he was confronted by a white man.

    The man shouted: “F***ing world must be s**t for you lot to come here”.

    Mr Wickramsinghe told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I was left in no doubt about what he meant by ‘you lot’.

    “I found this deeply disturbing and hurtful. My wife and I would like to start a family, however we are having doubts about whether we feel safe to bring up any children we have in Welwyn Garden City.

    He reported the abuse to the police, but fears racist abuse has increased since the Brexit referendum last year.

    Source: http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/racism-victim-speaks-out-after-abuse-in-welwyn-garden-city-1-5026788.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down Bristol, 10 May 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I'm a 20-something British Asian woman. I was cycling on the pavement (because I'm a novice cyclist). A man (white, maybe mid 60s) told me I should be on the road. I apologised and told him that I was on the pavement because I've only been cycling 3 weeks. Then he came close to my face and said aggressively 'I dunno where you come from but in this country you cycle on the road, and if you don't like it go back to your own country'

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Noone spoke up or offered support except my white boyfriend.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 04 May 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I went to shop near Putney Bridge Tube Station, on Ranelagh Gardens. I wanted to buy Lebara Sim Card. Shopkeeper have been very rude to me, refuse me service and selling card. He ask me to leave his shop and go to shop next door when I said I will not leave till you sell me card. I was was told to get out of his way because he have to serve next customer. I was discriminated for no reason.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    The man behind me have seen the situation. He ignore what happend and did not say word. I had left shop. I called police and did not get help either I was told that this is civil matter, police can not do anything about this and shopkeeper have right to throw me from his shop. I don't feel safe anymore even in London.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 26 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was sitting on the bench at the bus stop, looking at my phone. A lady arrived and got upset because (as she saw it) I was slow in offering her a place to sit (which I did). Once seated, she kept telling me "fucking foreigner, why don't you fucking go home...I know your lot, you have no manners, you never say thank you or excuse me, never stand in the line...go home right now, I will buy you a fucking ticket home". To which I replied that my home is here. This incensed her even more, and she told me to "shut up before I hit you over the head", and went on pretty much in the same vein until the bus came. As she got up the bus, she further commented: "And if you think I'm prejudiced, I bloody well am".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    There where 3 people waiting at the bus stop, but no one offered support. One woman actually grinned in approval at what the lady was saying.

  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Camden, 23 April 2017 - Other

    I was refused entry to a Camden music venue when the bouncer, on account of the colour of my skin, deemed I was Middle Eastern [Not that it matters, but just for the sake of clarity I'm not] and therefore "suspicious" and "up to something", not wanting to "run risks by letting [me] in".

    He then proceeded to call who I assume to be the manager, who looked at me, said "yeah, you told me about him" and issued me a refund after which the bouncer gave me the dubious excuse that the way I looked at the venue's façade and entrance before and while purchasing the ticket "refusing to look at him squarely in the face" made me look suspicious. When I tried to explain, as courteously as I could, that the reason I gave the building such looks and went for a walk before entering was the worldwide fame of the venue [one of the bands I went to see last night even released a live DVD some years ago called precisely "Live at the Camden [venue]"], and that for me, out-of-towner as I am, it was the first time both at the venue and at that section of London, he retorted with the threat, "this will be your first and last".

    Rather than trying to engage in a row with the security personnel [which would have been counter-productive, proving their point of my allegedly 'up-to-something' demeanour], I stood outside the ticket booth for a while, trying to gauge if anyone else received a similar treatment but no other dark-skinned and/or Middle Eastern-looking people attempted to enter during my time there. Before I left, I heard two of the staffers [other than the ones present when I was refused entry] saying, "he looks alright to me, he's not even Arab [...] anyway he's not coming in, he's already been given a refund".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nope, no witnesses

  • arrow_drop_down London, 22 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was on the DLR travelling and got on at Canary Wharf. A young white girl had just sat down and I sat down opposite her. She then got up and said 'I'm not sitting next to no brown, fuck that shit.'

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    The family next to me were so shocked and offered to say something to her for me - I hadn't heard her say it as I was on my phone but was equally surprised. I believe they may have reported it to the train guard as the group were told to get off the train.

  • arrow_drop_down Bristol, 21 April 2017 - Damage to property / vandalism

    There's a John Doe paste up on North Street of a black homeless man, upon which someone has scrawled in green highlighter 'niggers out'.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down Middlesbrough, 20 April 2017 - Physical assault, Verbal abuse / insults

    A young woman who was allegedly subjected to a racial attack in broad daylight has said what happened to her was “literally disgusting.”

    The 22-year-old said she was assaulted by a man and woman as she was walking down Corporation Road in Middlesbrough after being told she “looked like a terrorist”.

    The woman, who The Gazette is not naming, said the pair appeared to be drunk and at one point was grabbed by the man and was told he was going to hit her and that she should “go back to where she came from”.

    Speaking of the moment she was allegedly abused last month, the woman said: “I went to the shops and on the way back two people approached me and for no reason started shouting at me and calling me a terrorist and saying ‘get back to where you came from.’

    “There were two of them, a guy and a girl and he came over, grabbed a hold of me and then told the girl to hit me while he was shouting racist abuse.

    “I had cuts all over my hands, what happened was literally disgusting. They were both drunk and obviously picking a fight.

    “The man was grabbing hold of me and scratching me and saying he was going to hit me. He was trying to get the woman to beat me up and saying I looked like a terrorist.”

    Source: http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/young-woman-targeted-alleged-racial-13084173.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    “One of them grabbed my phone so I couldn’t record the incident, I even tried to run into a shop but the shopkeeper said they were closing and wouldn’t let me in.

    “People were just standing around watching while someone was beating me up. Why did this need to happen?”

  • arrow_drop_down Dartford District, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults, Threats / intimidation

    Two teenagers started shouting racist abuse at a man and his young son (about 4 or 5 years old) after the man politely asked them to stop spitting onto the floor of the bus we were travelling in. Also told the man and son that they would follow them off the bus, call their fathers and get them to physically attack them.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    I told the boys to stop verbally abusing the man and son, to which they shouted abuse at me too and ignored me. I then went to the driver of the bus and explained the situation. The bus driver stopped the bus and went to boys and told them to stop otherwise he would kick them off the bus.

  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Hillingdon, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    After asking a man to put a dog on a leash in a park where dogs are meant to be on leash I was sworn at using several nasty swear words before being told to f@ck back off to South Africa. Guess he misinterpreted my German accent. He also threatened physical violence.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No - but people looked up.

  • arrow_drop_down Sheffield, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was with my partner and baby in the Lift at TJ Hughes shop. I'm eastern European and there were also 3 black ladies and 1 British lady in her 70s with her partner. When we all got off the lift they all walked off and the old lady-walking with a stick, said trough her teeth "Foreign shit".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Sutton, 10 April 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    An old woman, in her seventies, told me: "you will have to leave this country and it's a beautiful country, I love my country and there is no room for you all." This was after a traffic incident in which she was in the wrong.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down Chippenham, 30 March 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults, Threats / intimidation

    My (Greek) husband asked a man to stop speeding down our one way street when our baby and toddler were on the pavement. The man shouted lots at him and eventually said "it's my country anyway" and "now I know where you live I'll come back and smash it up".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No one was witness. I was ushering the children into the house so as not to witness the bad language.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 26 March 2017 - Physical assault, Verbal abuse / insults, Threats / intimidation

    Two young black men (probably recent migrants) where racially abused by two young white men in the tube, during rush hours. While getting in the tube carriage the two racists have tried to push the two black guys back, not to allow them on the train. Once in the train, one of them started to insult them (go back to your country, we don't need dickheads like you in our country, etc.) and punched the eye of one of the migrants. The two migrants didn't react, just kept chatting with each other. Then the racist continued with threats, like "you'll see when we get out of here, i'll punch you the other eye, etc."

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    I spoke up and another young women, telling him to stop. While getting off the train, two women came and said thank you for speaking up.

  • arrow_drop_down Wigan District, 23 February 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    At my auntys work, people began to laugh at her after the brexit and tell her that she will have to pack her bags and leave soon because "they will kick you all out".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?


  • arrow_drop_down Bournemouth, 01 February 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    Wife (mixed race non UK origin) has been the victim of xenophobic verbal insults on various occasions over the last six months with nearly weekly occurrence at the moment. Elderly woman told her in Tesco that she did not belong 'here' and a week later at Lidl a man told her that she was taking 'English' jobs from 'us'.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Both instances no reaction from other shoppers despite being English in appearance.

  • arrow_drop_down Chelmsford, 27 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I am a British Citizen, born to immigrant parents from Japan and raised in the UK all my life. Today at my sixth form college, inside the crowded school cafeteria, I was confronted by about 10-15 ethnically White British boys and about 4 whitewashed Indian/Pakistanis asking me a question. That question was "when will you go home"? I told them that I was born and bred in this country and the UK is home. The boys told me to stop talking nonsense as you are not like "us". They then started yelling racist remarks at me, such as "sort out your little squinty eyes because we all have normal eyes and you don't", "sort out your flat nose", "does your dad work as a fisherman?", "you lot are taking our education system for granted, paying lower prices for everything like free school meals whereas we Brits have to pay the full fare thanks to you lot" and "go home or to some other country where they speak the ching chong kawaii language". Some of the boys even started talking to me in a mock East Asian accent, for example pronouncing "English" as "Eeengreeesh" and "I have little slit eyes" as "I do have reettre sreet eyes" (they were impersonating Asians).
    The boys all started stretching their eyelids and chanting "ching chong kawaii I no speak Engrish!" in a high pitched voice.
    I asked them if you are saying such things like that about me, why not the other non-white children in the school? Why single me out? (even though to say racist remarks to anyone of any race in my view is unacceptable)
    The boys responded by saying "they're English. They all can speak English. You and your family can't." I speak with a RP British accent.
    After a good 10 minutes, a few more boys came in the cafeteria and the whole room started to chant "GO HOME GO HOME GO HOME", with one of them drawing a caricature of me based on my race, with two lines for eyes and a Chinese rice picker hat.

    Also to let you know that one of these boys is in the Debating club at school and when the club had to argue for or against Brexit in assembly in front of the whole school, that same boy said "that the UK should stop importing all the dregs from mainland Europe, especially the Poles".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody, they were all pretty much laughing at me.

  • arrow_drop_down Durham, 24 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was walking to the bus station behind a drunk white male who was staggering around the street. He was loudly exclaiming phrases such as "Skinheads of England!", "Don't lose the king's colours!", "Nigger lovers!", "Perish them all!" and other disjointed racist slurs against a vatiation of races. A young Asian guy walked towards him and the drunk man leaned towards him and aggressively told him to "Fuck off!".
    I'm ashamed to say I didn't speak up, but kept close to the drunk man, as many of the students I teach shop in that area and I wanted to be around in case they were targetted. I'd like to think that if he became violent i would step in, but who can tell until you're in that situation.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody said a word, just exchanges glances, myself included.

  • arrow_drop_down BRIGHTON, 10 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    A clearly drunk middle aged man (50-60) told some young men (early 20s) of middle eastern descent to "go home" because they were "sponging off tax payers".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    There were several other people on the bus who showed verbal support, one young man in particular calmly and elegantly engaged the man in debate around the logic of the points he was making. When the young men who were abused got off the bus

  • arrow_drop_down City of Preston, 07 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was in a pub beer garden with friends, sitting at a shared table. Two drunk men in their early 20s sat down and began to harass my older friend for having long hair, aggressively jeering at him and calling him "Gandalf". I asked them to go away and leave us alone. When they heard my N.Irish accent they began shouting abuse at me, mainly "Pikey" and "Gypo", I'm sorry to say I got upset (I've lived in England 24 years and it's been a long time since anyone called me that) and reacted by shouting that they were idiots, but they stood up leaning over me and continued to shout abuse at me, mocking my accent, shouting "what the fuck are you doing here?" and telling me to "fuck off back to Ireland".

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Different people at the table began to shout at them, men and women, and one man went and got a bouncer who removed them immediately.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 06 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults

    A man started shouting incomprehensibly on the W3 bus after two black women with their prams got onto the bus. He then came to the front and spoke to the driver saying 'there are at least 4 darks back there'. I tried to say something to him, but he got off straight away :(

  • arrow_drop_down London Borough of Greenwich, 06 January 2017 - Verbal abuse / insults, Threats / intimidation

    In SE9, two weeks ago, an Eastern European couple was crossing the road, from Mottingham station, coming back from work on Friday. A white male was walking behind them and when he heard they were speaking another language, he increased his pace and literally walked into the man (of the couple) with great force. He then made an extremely aggressive face and said, "Oy, didn't you see me coming, you f****** idiot?" The Eastern European man kept his cool and said somewhat cynically, "No, I don't have eyes on the back of my head." At this point, the English man came very close to the Eastern European one and hissed, "What did you say? You want a fight, eh?" The Eastern European man's female partner, who was standing silent and tense all the while, quickly turned to her partner, pulled him, said something and they walked away in silence.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No one.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 17 December 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    Sitting on 381 bus towards Waterloo and White woman mutters something about ".....country". I then looked at her and she has a go saying "what are you looking at me for?". So, I said, "I thought you were talking to me". She responds saying "why would I want to talk to you?" I reply saying "sometimes people like to talk to each other, like strangers". She then says again quietly "go back to your own country" My mum heard her and told her that this is her country. She said she wasn't talking to anyone.I told her that you're muttering and telling people to go back to their own country. At this point, she actually stopped talking.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No. 4-5 people looked around or over but no one else said anything. Although to be fair we were able to handle it ourselves this time.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 17 December 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    We were told (not quite in these words: a bit more invective!) to go back to where we come from by a chap driving a Bentley. Felt like an extension of the general feeling of Brexit "please leave foreigners, we do not want you here".
    I am Australian by birth, my wife Swiss and we (us and our 2 children) are all British citizens and work as University educated professionals - NHS physiotherapist and University Professor.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    No, but then no one was around to hear it.

  • arrow_drop_down South Oxfordshire District, 10 December 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I got on the 9.20pm train from Paddington to Oxford, today 10th December 2016 and as the train was packed I remain standing for a while talking to my friend in Portuguese. As we got to Slough seats became available and we sat down next to a family with two teenager daughters. We didn't notice anything strange until we carried on talking (not loud or discourteously, perfectly acceptable conversation tone) and noticed they were making gestures for people to shut up. They carried on saying "shut up you're giving everyone a headache with that accent", "shut the fuck up", " do they fucking not understand English?" while carrying on with rude manners, one of them farted, generally making us two feel very unwelcome and unwanted.
    All the time we tried to ignore as didn't think it was worth replying to these kind of people. They left in Reading where I also got up to leave and commented this one is "fucking coming out here". My friend couldn't take it any longer and replied saying we understand English but it was rude of them to speak like that as just because we speak a different language that doesn't give them the right to tell us to shut up.
    We are very shaken by this, have worked full time in this country for over 5 years paying full taxes, didn't do anything wrong and don't deserve this treatment from anyone having done nothing wrong but to speak my language in public.
    I very much regret I didn't report it at the site but couldn't pass it without reporting. Brexit is empowering many people to have this type of behaviour and unfortunately today I experienced it in first person. I don't deserve to feel unwelcome in the country I live and work never having claimed a penny from the government and a country which traditions and beliefs I respect. Don't think it's too much to ask to be respected back. I want to believe actions are being taken to make sure these actions are not going to be encouraged and punished, xenophobia is a result of lack of education which these family clearly showed that.
    I am very upset to end my day in this way, feel powerless and very unfairly treated, this is not the UK I've known and not the country I want to be living in if treated in this way.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    The carriage was full and no one spoke a word (in the good old English way...)

  • arrow_drop_down Oxford, 09 December 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    Drunk man on the bus told me and the bus driver to go home, and was shouting at pretty much everyone on the bus. Then proceeded to get off the bus when the driver reported it to community support officers via his comms device, and then he started shouting at people passing him on the street.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody offered support but I think everyone was being attacked because we were all looking at him and it clearly made him more agitated. Unfortunately nobody filmed it either.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 06 December 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    On my walk home, very close to my house, a bunch of kids aged about 9-10 years old from behind a gate just shouted at me to 'go home' and 'go back home'. When I engaged them in conversation, they said that they meant specifically that the part of pavement outside the gate belonged to them and I wasn't allowed to walk on it.
    Giving these kids the benefit of the doubt and assuming it was just some game and not about overt racism in their minds, how weird is it that the language of telling people to 'go back home' has become so ingrained that those are the words that come out and not 'keep off' or 'get off the pavement'.
    It's not the kids who are scary but the parents who are behind closed doors, all the adults who they have heard that language from.

  • arrow_drop_down London, 26 November 2016 - Verbal abuse / insults

    I was on the tube and caught a woman's eye so I smiled at her, but then she turned to me and said, "you're not English are you." I was really shocked and startled and all I could reply at that moment was "yes actually, I am". Then she proceeded to say "no one on this tube is English". I didn't feel I should have to explain my mixed heritage to her so I walked away.

    Did anyone speak up or offer support?

    Nobody did anything.

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