Kidderminster family left “terrified” after pig’s head and trotters tossed in back garden
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Thursday June 16 2016
The Bromsgrove Advertiser reports on a Muslim family in Kidderminster who have been left “terrified” after a pig’s head and trotters were dumped in their back garden.
The paper reports that the family, who want to remain anonymous, have children under school age and are “deeply shocked” by the incident which has occurred during the month of Ramadan.
Local Muslim councillor, Shazu Miah, who has been liaising with the police on the family’s behalf, said: “This sort of behaviour, which is intended to incite hatred and violence within communities, has no place in Kidderminster.
“The Muslim community in Kidderminster have worked tirelessly with other communities to ensure integration and openness with all communities, but there is clearly more work to be done.”
Fellow councillor, Fran Oborski, visited the family and the paper reports she helped to remove the traces of pig remains from the family’s garden, to pass on to the police.
She said: “I think it is unbelievable that people would behave in that way.
“The family are absolutely loathed to handle bits of pig so I arranged to go around and pick up the offending articles and take them to the police. I was pleased to be able to support the family.”
The incident is said to have occurred between Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 June. A spokesperson for West Mercia police confirmed police had received an incident report on Friday, June 10 and have been in contact with local community groups to provide reassurance and support.
A police spokesperson said: “It has been logged as a hate crime and is being investigated as ‘using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour with intent/likely to stir up racial hatred’.
“If anyone witnessed the incident or has information that could help police with their investigation please call 101 and quote incident 613s of 10th June 2016.
“Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
The family’s neighbours took to social media to share news about the incident. Local residents posted messages of support for the family, expressing their “disgust” at the “deplorable” actions.