‘You people been going around chopping people up’: Tensions high in wake of racist abuse in Aylesbury

Chair of the new group Niknam Hussain
Chair of the new group Niknam Hussain
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Aylesbury’s Muslims are suffering an ‘unprecedented’ racist backlash following the terrorist killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

The Bucks Herald has learnt a number of incidents have taken place since the murder.

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Among these are racial abuse directed towards a taxi driver and two women. A former Mayor of Aylesbury has also told of a slur directed at him.

Police say community tensions are high as a result of the incidents and called for calm.

Acting chief inspector Emma Garside said the past few days have seen a rise in the number of incidents.

She said: “People in the immediate community are quite nervous.

“It’s not something we have to deal with a lot.

“It’s unprecedented to have this number of reports in such a relative small period of time.”

Niknam Hussain, mayor in 2006/07, was in Market Square’s Caffè Nero when a woman said to him: “You people been going around chopping people up in Woolwich and we can’t do anything about it.”

Mr Hussain, a former county councillor, was left ‘flabbergasted’ by the abuse.

He said: “What can you say to irrational people like this?

“I told her if she makes an accusation like that again there will be consequences and then I had to walk away.

“We have always been lucky in Aylesbury that the communities work together well.

“People making these accusations don’t help anybody.”

In a separate incident, racist language was reportedly used towards an Asian taxi driver in Kingsbury at around 2.20am on May 28.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail until June 25.

Another incident was in the Argos car park in Cambridge Close at around 3.30pm on May 26.

An Asian woman and her sister had just parked when a man parked next to her and used racist language towards her.

The man is white, of average build with short hair and was wearing sunglasses.

Ms Garside said Drummer Rigby’s murder is believed to have triggered the abuse.

She said: “Because people have formed views about what’s happened in Woolwich they’re saying what they’re saying here.

“Incidents of this nature will not be tolerated and I would like to reassure the community that incidents like this are rare.”

The vice-president of Aylesbury Mosque, Mohammed Amjad, said: “You can’t hold every Muslim responsible for the actions of two madmen.

“It serves no purpose and is further criminality.”