A pig’s head was hurled through the window of an Asian family’s home in what is being treated as a hate crime by police. The culprit first smashed the front window of the terraced house in Chapel Road, Hollinwood , Oldham , with a brick. The animal’s head, wrapped in plastic, was then thrown into the lounge. Ajaz Mahmood’s wife, Ghazala Kauser and their four children were in the property at the time. Mr Mahmood’s son, Hammas, aged 14, and daughter, Zeina, 6, were in the front room when the attack happened at about 10pm on Saturday.
The brick flew just inches from Hammas, who was sat in a chair next to the window watching TV. Mr Mahmood said: “I am not sure whether it is racial or Islamaphobic. My family have been living in this area for 29 years and in this house for 11 years. “We have never experienced anything like this. It took the police three hours to come out, but I don’t blame them - all the officers are at the Tory conference. They have taken the pig’s head away and will do forensics to see if there are any fingerprints from the bag. I am not living in a predominantly white area, there a Asian families here too. It could possibly be a case of mistaken identity. I was at work when I took a phone call from home and could hear hysterical screaming."
“It was not a nice experience, especially when your family are in the house, and they are vulnerable without me there. I’ve never had any trouble in Oldham. The only incident like this I have heard of was when bacon was left outside a mosque down south. It’s strange and very disturbing. The kids are absolutely petrified. The glass was smashed first and then the head was thrown in straight afterwards. I have worked in Newton Heath, Moss Side, and have always gone on with people, my mates are white and Asian. It’s baffling.”
Police have established that a Vauxhall Corsa pulled up on the road with three men inside.