Money raised for ‘race attack’ boy

October 07 2016

WELLWISHERS have raised nearly £1,000 for a ten-year-old boy from Fishponds who was the victim of an alleged racist attack.

WELLWISHERS have raised nearly £1,000 for a ten-year-old boy from Fishponds who was the victim of an alleged racist attack.

Awais Ali was treated at Bristol Children’s Hospital for injuries to his head, back, body and arms after the incident in Station Avenue South last month.

Avon and Somerset police said it was being treated as a racially motivated crime because of words used during the assault. Two boys, aged 11 and 12,  have been interviewed and the details have been passed to the youth justice panel.

Awais and his  family, who are of Pakistani origin, told the national media that it happened in daylight when he was walking to a friend’s house. The boys demanded money and when Awais said he did not have any he was beaten with a stick and a pipe.

His mother said Awais, a pupil at Begbrook Primary Academy, had been  having trouble sleeping since the
assault.

Neighbours were horrified to hear about the incident. Fishponds resident Caryl Rundle set up an online giving page with the intention of collecting £200 for the family to have a day out. At the time  Fishponds Voice went to print, the total was at £924.

The message on the fundraising page reads: “Local people are shocked and appalled at what has happened and want to raise some money for the family, showing that the people of Fishponds really do care.”