Up to 25 thugs trash Southminster family's mobile homes - police treating it as a hate crime

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Diane, the mother of the victim, outside her daughter's trashed mobile homes Diane, the mother of the victim, outside her daughter's trashed mobile homes

A mob of up to 25 masked men smashed a family’s mobile homes in front of a terrified mum and her two young daughters.

The victim, a Romany gypsy, said death threats and verbal abuse were hurled at them before the gang realised there were children on the site and left within about 12 minutes.

Police are investigating the incident in Scalby Road, Southminster, as a hate crime.

The young mum, who did not wish to be identified, said it will cost about £15,000 to repair the damage to the two mobile homes, which are not insured.

* Full story in today's Burnham Standard.

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6:04pm Thu 20 Mar 14

eagor70 says...

apparently it is acceptable to abuse travellers. If you are any other religion, race, creed or colour there is a law against it, but for the travelling community it seems to be accepted that racist hatred and abuse is the norm. These people have a piece of land and wanted to live in peace on it. When they arrived there, it was a disused overgrown mess, they have worked hard cleared it smartened it up they have put up a smart fence and it now looks respectable tidy and no longer an eyesore but despite the good they have done, they have been met with abuse and hatred at every turn. I sincerely hope the police catch these men (i use that term loosely no man would threaten women and children) and the be punished to the full extent that the law will allow.
apparently it is acceptable to abuse travellers. If you are any other religion, race, creed or colour there is a law against it, but for the travelling community it seems to be accepted that racist hatred and abuse is the norm. These people have a piece of land and wanted to live in peace on it. When they arrived there, it was a disused overgrown mess, they have worked hard cleared it smartened it up they have put up a smart fence and it now looks respectable tidy and no longer an eyesore but despite the good they have done, they have been met with abuse and hatred at every turn. I sincerely hope the police catch these men (i use that term loosely no man would threaten women and children) and the be punished to the full extent that the law will allow. eagor70
  • Score: 6

11:29am Fri 21 Mar 14

DagnamDave says...

Perhaps we'll find out later why the mob resorted to this action eh.
Perhaps we'll find out later why the mob resorted to this action eh. DagnamDave
  • Score: 2

3:31pm Fri 21 Mar 14

keith_l says...

Whilst abuse of any group is abhorent, will you please stop using the "race card". Travellers are not a different race or religon. They are (mostly) white British or Irish people, the same as most of the population of this island. They might have chosen a different lifestyle, but this is a choice and not a race.
Whilst abuse of any group is abhorent, will you please stop using the "race card". Travellers are not a different race or religon. They are (mostly) white British or Irish people, the same as most of the population of this island. They might have chosen a different lifestyle, but this is a choice and not a race. keith_l
  • Score: 5

8:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

AliTom says...

I would just like to say I know these people personally and you couldn't ask for nicer friends. I've know them for at least 12 years and they have always gone out of their way to help me and my family. What happened to them is a disgrace and shouldn't happened to anyone. They tried to make a home for themselves in Southminster and until this occurred hadnt had any trouble in any. The family wod like to thank you for your support and the person who sent the flowers, if you see this. Try are most grateful to you for you kind words
I would just like to say I know these people personally and you couldn't ask for nicer friends. I've know them for at least 12 years and they have always gone out of their way to help me and my family. What happened to them is a disgrace and shouldn't happened to anyone. They tried to make a home for themselves in Southminster and until this occurred hadnt had any trouble in any. The family wod like to thank you for your support and the person who sent the flowers, if you see this. Try are most grateful to you for you kind words AliTom
  • Score: 5

1:50pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Arthur Brain says...

keith_l wrote:
Whilst abuse of any group is abhorent, will you please stop using the "race card". Travellers are not a different race or religon. They are (mostly) white British or Irish people, the same as most of the population of this island. They might have chosen a different lifestyle, but this is a choice and not a race.
In fact, Romany Gypsies, and also Irish and Scottish tinkers, are an ethnic group, not (as keith_1 claims) merely people who have 'chosen a different lifestyle'. But that's not the point. There's no mention here that this attack was 'revenge' against some individual for something they'd done. The attack seems to have been indiscriminately against members - any members! - of a social group, just because they belong to that group. That's the same thing as 'race-hate', and is equally abhorrent.
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: Whilst abuse of any group is abhorent, will you please stop using the "race card". Travellers are not a different race or religon. They are (mostly) white British or Irish people, the same as most of the population of this island. They might have chosen a different lifestyle, but this is a choice and not a race.[/p][/quote]In fact, Romany Gypsies, and also Irish and Scottish tinkers, are an ethnic group, not (as keith_1 claims) merely people who have 'chosen a different lifestyle'. But that's not the point. There's no mention here that this attack was 'revenge' against some individual for something they'd done. The attack seems to have been indiscriminately against members - any members! - of a social group, just because they belong to that group. That's the same thing as 'race-hate', and is equally abhorrent. Arthur Brain
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Chrystal1984 says...

Thank for all ur support on here I'm the woman it happens to
Me and my kids was at home alone that land is bought and paid for
And all we wanted to do was live peacefully we did not and do not want
To upset any body. But when people scream at you in ur face and tell u
Ur gypsie scum we don't want u here then that tell me there very racist
At the end of the day skin colour race or where u come from should not matter we r all skin and bone we come from one and r shore going to one place but there are some very evil people in the world my kids can't sleep at night over this so I hope there happy with what they have done to them.
Thank for all ur support on here I'm the woman it happens to Me and my kids was at home alone that land is bought and paid for And all we wanted to do was live peacefully we did not and do not want To upset any body. But when people scream at you in ur face and tell u Ur gypsie scum we don't want u here then that tell me there very racist At the end of the day skin colour race or where u come from should not matter we r all skin and bone we come from one and r shore going to one place but there are some very evil people in the world my kids can't sleep at night over this so I hope there happy with what they have done to them. Chrystal1984
  • Score: -1

6:56am Tue 25 Mar 14

Grumpy36 says...

Whilst any act of violence towards another life is wrong.
I can't help thinking there is more to this story?
Whilst any act of violence towards another life is wrong. I can't help thinking there is more to this story? Grumpy36
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Chrystal1984 says...

Yer there a racist heap of idiots that ain't got a life so they like to cause
Trouble tell them to come with no masks and be men not scum
There is nothing more to the story accept racist no good scum
Any man that's got a problem with my family come with ur face uncovered
And say it straight not to a woman and children on there own and anybody that agrees with these scum bag are low life's just like them
Me and my family have never caused trouble with no one and have no need to. Ps I don't have to explain my self for no one but I thought I would set the story straight for grumpy36 thank u
Yer there a racist heap of idiots that ain't got a life so they like to cause Trouble tell them to come with no masks and be men not scum There is nothing more to the story accept racist no good scum Any man that's got a problem with my family come with ur face uncovered And say it straight not to a woman and children on there own and anybody that agrees with these scum bag are low life's just like them Me and my family have never caused trouble with no one and have no need to. Ps I don't have to explain my self for no one but I thought I would set the story straight for grumpy36 thank u Chrystal1984
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Chrystal1984 says...

Well if there is more to it grumpy36 could u let me know what it is then cause it seem u know more then me and my husband let me tell u there racist
No good scum that ain't worth the bread they eat they come to
Me and my 2 little girls they watched my husband out because there not
Men there idiots that at to come in a gang of 25
Because there scerd of there own shader and they knew that they would not be any good to my husband one by one we r not troublesome people we keep our selfs to our self we don't ask no one for nothing so they should keep out of our business not that I have to explain my self to anyone but I thought I would set u straight thank u
Well if there is more to it grumpy36 could u let me know what it is then cause it seem u know more then me and my husband let me tell u there racist No good scum that ain't worth the bread they eat they come to Me and my 2 little girls they watched my husband out because there not Men there idiots that at to come in a gang of 25 Because there scerd of there own shader and they knew that they would not be any good to my husband one by one we r not troublesome people we keep our selfs to our self we don't ask no one for nothing so they should keep out of our business not that I have to explain my self to anyone but I thought I would set u straight thank u Chrystal1984
  • Score: 2

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