First emo hate crime arrests in Manchester

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Powered by article titled “First emo hate crime arrests in Manchester” was written by Helen Pidd, northern editor, for The Guardian on Thursday 11th April 2013 08.24 UTC

Greater Manchester police has received its first report of a hate crime under a new category connected to alternative subcultures after an assault on a teenage emo.

The 16-year-old boy was assaulted at 6.30pm on Monday in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne, east of Manchester.

A 14-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man from Manchester were arrested and released on police bail until 7 May, pending further enquiries. The assault has been reported as an alternative subculture hate crime and will be investigated as such.

Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said: “Officers will be reviewing CCTV and speaking to witnesses in order to investigate this attack thoroughly… the fact we were able to identify this as a hate crime is very positive. Just last Thursday we announced that we will now record alternative subculture as a hate motivation. We hope this encourages victims to continue to come forward so we can take positive action against offenders.”

Last week GMP became the first UK force to recognise alternative subcultures such as goths, punks and emos – the latter group shares fashion influences from the former two – as a recordable motivation for hate crime.

The new category will be recorded in the same way as hate crimes against people on the basis of disability, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity to provide better support to victims.

The police made the decision in consultation with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity named after a 20-year-old goth who died in 2007 after she and her boyfriend were attacked as they walked home through Stubbeylee Park, Bacup. Lancaster suffered severe head injuries and never regained consciousness.

Her killers were sentenced in 2008, and the judge recognised her death as a hate crime because they were targeted for being goths. 

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4 Responses to "First emo hate crime arrests in Manchester"

  1. Trisha NF  April 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Assault is assault and should be punished, but this whole “hate crime” situation gets dafter by the minute. One should have the right to disapprove and even insult (OMG), and if it causes offence, well, tough!! That’s life!! I’ve had verbal abuse left, right and centre, but I get on with it and wouldn’t dream of going bleating to the plods. Real crimes are being ignored (often because they don’t have an officer spare to investigate) whilst these Mickey Mouse “offences” are given disproportionate attention!!

  2. Real Whitby Webmaster  April 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Once again your wrong, were not talking about simple name calling. Were talking dreadful things, go invest your time reading up on Sophie Lancashire rather than spouting your right wing rubbish.

  3. Trisha NF  April 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    If you’d read my comment properly, you would note that I have no problem with the punishment of violent crime, be it assault or murder!! The brutal killing of Sophie was a vile act, for whatever reason it was perpetrated, and I totally abhor all violence and it should, without exception, be punished. I believe in capital punishment for murder, and the killers of this poor unfortunate girl would have been hanged – at least they would never have been at large to do anything like it again. I just do not think that such things as name calling or other insulting behaviour should be a criminal offence, the police should make better use of their time!!

  4. Zoe Smith  May 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I am the girl in the photo used at the top of this, and in some of the photos in the 2012 april gallery for the WGW as well. Would it be possible to have my name linked to them?

    Many thanks if so.


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