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Protest follows attack on pub barman

‘The police’s slow response is a point of shame… isn’t racist abuse a crime?’ asks former MP

03 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot

The ‘Stand Up To Racism’ protest near the pub

ANTI-racism protesters including former Labour MP Emma Dent Coad rallied in Portobello Road after a pub barman was attacked.

The brewery Young’s said it “shared the outrage of the community” following the assault on a 20-year-old black barman by six white men in the Duke of Wellington, Notting Hill.

But the Stand Up To Racism protest heard how residents, including the barman’s mother and family, would boycott the pub and return every week for further demonstrations.

They say staff did not come to his aid and management failed to call police or an ambulance.

Ms Coad said: “My blood ran cold when I heard what had happened to this young man. This is every parent’s nightmare. Even worse is the totally disdainful reaction of the Young’s pub management who neither called the police nor an ambulance. The police’s slow response is a point of shame. Isn’t racist abuse a crime?”

The men are believed to have attacked the barman in a back room of the up-market pub and also stolen his jewellery.

Witnesses have told how the barman was called a racially abused before the attack.

The man’s mother, Eunicia Harding, said no customers or staff came to help her son and accused the Young’s brewery pub of failing to protect him.

Ms Harding, in a statement, said: “The family is shocked and devastated at this time. We need to come together and let people know without qualification that racial violence has no place here.”

Murad Qureshi, chairman of Stop the War Coalition, also joined the protest and said he would boycott the pub.

A Young’s brewery statement said: “We are doing all we can to assist the police in their investigation into the incident to ensure that the people concerned are brought to justice.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for abuse towards our employees.

“We are providing our full support to the member of staff involved and we share the outrage of the community at the disgusting behaviour of those involved.”

A Met Police statement said: “Police were called at 12.03am on Sunday February 16 to reports of an assault at a pub on Portobello Road, Kensington and Chelsea.”

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