Just before midnight on Friday night, a 17 year-old asylum seeker was assaulted by a large group of people on Shrublands Avenue. He is still in hospital in what the police describe as a "serious but stable" condition.
This was a cowardly and despicable attack on a young man who had sought sanctuary in this country. The police believe the young man was targeted because he was an asylum seeker and are treating this as a hate crime. To date, they have arrested nine people, eight of whom are still in custody. They have released images of three further people they are seeking. If you know these people or have any other information that may be of use to the authorities, please contact the police so that those responsible for this outrage can be brought to justice.
Our town is one of the most diverse parts of the country and people from different backgrounds generally get on very well. It's one of the things I love about living here. The shock we all felt over the weekend was not just from the savagery of the attack, but that this should happen here. I have done a number of media interviews over the last 24 hours and one of the points I have tried to stress is that the many constituents who have contacted me asking me to pass on their sympathy to the young man's family and whether they can help in any way are the true face of Croydon, not the cowards who committed this appalling crime.