Teenage asylum seeker beaten by a gang
A teenage asylum seeker has been left with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain after being beaten in a “frenzied attack” by a gang in a suspected hate crime.
The 17-year-old, a Kurdish Iranian, was waiting at a bus stop with two friends in Croydon, south-east London, when he was set upon by around eight youths.
They asked him where he was from, and when he told them he was an asylum seeker they chased after him and launched their attack.
Scotland Yard said the boy is in a critical condition in hospital and fighting for his life, while his two friends escaped with minor injuries.