A pregnant Somalian woman was brutally assaulted during a racially motivated attack that resulted in her being hospitalised and losing the life of her unborn baby. The police have released a CCTV picture of her attacker. This attack happened just weeks before Stephen Lawrence’s birthday. This woman’s attack is just one of the 42% reported increase in racist or xenophobic incidents in the UK. This increase makes it seem like Britain’s race relations are regressing not progressing.

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On August 6, in Milton Keynes, during a shopping trip to the Co-op supermarket, the 34-year-old woman was racially abused by the attacker. After which, he followed her to her car and knocked her to the floor, after he kicked her in the stomach.

As a result of the brutal assault, the victim lost her unborn child.

Thames Valley police have released CCTV image of a man the force would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place at about 9.40pm on Water Eaton Road, in the Bletchley area of Milton Keynes.

PC Richard Armitage, said:

“This racially aggravated assault had absolutely devastating consequences for the victim, who lost her baby as a result of the attack. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this incredibly difficult and sad time.

“A thorough investigation is underway and we would like to speak to the man pictured as he may have information which could help with the investigation.”

The offender also assaulted a 40-year-old man, who tried to intervene.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 101.

A racist incident, according to the police, is any incident, including any crime, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s ‘race’ or perceived ‘race’. In 2013/14, there were 47,571 ‘racist incidents’ recorded by the police in England and Wales. On average, that is about 130 incidents per day.

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However, latest attack is only one horrific example of the rise in recorded racist or xenophobic attacks since Britain voted to leave the EU.

The Guardian has reported there was a 42% rise in racist and xenophobic attacks in Britain after the referendum.

In 51 per cent of incidents, perpetrators referred specifically to the referendum in their abuse. These most commonly involved the phrases ‘Go Home’, ‘Leave’ ‘f**k off’, followed up by statements such as ‘we voted you out’, ‘we’re out of the EU now, we can get rid of “your lot”‘, ‘when are you going home’, ‘shouldn’t you be packing your bags’- Institute of Race Relations

Faith Matters’ Mughal said:

The Brexit vote seems to have given courage to some with deeply prejudicial and bigoted views that they can air them and target them at predominantly Muslim women and visibly different settled communities…

This is unacceptable and further polarising and especially worrying when our 2015 annual findings are showing some young white males between the ages of 13-18 being radicalised by extremist far right narratives.

This rise in racism and xenophobia seems to make Britain look and feel much like the 90s. The era in when Stephen Lawrence sadly lost his life to racially motivated murder. Stephen would have been 42 this year.

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The racism he faced may have developed into a more passive aggressive and institutional form. However, Islamaphobia has grown and become increasingly more vocal and deadly. Moreover, the terror and ignorance this bigotry represents are not limited to just attacking minorities, as demonstrated by the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP.

Although, through social media, we are able to denounce these crimes against society and support our fellow citizens; many people like Jo Cox and others, did and do choose to support minorities, protest and speak out against inequality, racism and xenophobia. Hopefully, Britain has improved enough for people to unite together to fight off this increase in hatred. However, if it is left unchecked it will regress the progress we have made. We must not let this vocal and sometimes violent minority influence impressionable minds and attack our unity, freedoms, diversity, tolerance and multicultural way of life.

*This man has now been found and charged.

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