Racist graffiti at Solihull Indian takeaway prompts police probe - The Solihull Observer

Racist graffiti at Solihull Indian takeaway prompts police probe

Felix Nobes 22nd Mar, 2019   0

RACIST language has been emblazoned on the shutters of an Indian takeaway in Solihull.

Police are investigating the graffiti outside Saffron Take Away in Damson Lane, Elmdon Heath.

Owner Muzi Bur Rahman, originally from Bangladesh, opened his business in 1995.

Workers at the family-run takeaway discovered the offensive graffiti on Wednesday (March 20).

Practicing Muslim Mr Bur Rahman says he was shocked and scared after seeing the graffiti and claims this is his first experience of racism since he moved to the UK in 1982.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “I can confirm we have received a report on this.

“An appointment has been made to go and visit the owner over the weekend.”

Muzi said: “I am pretty scared at the moment. Until now I have never felt that this is not my country.

“Now I have a feeling this is not where I belong and maybe people don’t like me.

“Not all of them. Maybe one or two people out of a thousand don’t like me and they don’t like my religion.

“Obviously there are a lot of things going on around Birmingham at the moment.

“But Britain is my country, I live here and I have spent my life here.

“I have never experienced anything like this before.”

Mr Bur Rahman says he feels there is now more risk for Muslims in the UK and particularly in the multi-cultural cities and the West Midlands area.

He spoke of the five mosques in Birmingham that had their windows smashed by a man welding a sledgehammer yesterday.

Police and authorities are on alert after the devastating Christchurch Mosque far-right terrorist attacks in New Zealand which claimed the lives of 50 people.

Police forces across the country have recorded a worrying rise in hate crime in the past week.


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