Boy brutally beaten by gang of eight in Croydon ‘after revealing he is a refugee’

Police have launched a hate crime investigation after a 17-year-old boy was brutally beaten by a gang after revealing he was an asylum seeker.
The Kurdish Iranian refugee was in a critical condition in hospital after the attack, which took place in Croydon, South London.
Police believe eight people approached the boy as he sat at a bus stop with friends outside a pub in the Shrublands area.
DS Kris Blamires from Croydon CID said: “It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was from and when they established that he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a brutal attack.
“He has sustained critical head and facial injuries as a result of this attack which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers.
“A number of people came to the aid of the victim as he lay unconscious and injured following the assault.”
DS Blamires said the suspects fled after the attack. He encouraged witnesses and bystanders who came to aid of the boy to contact the police.

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