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UK: Disabled man hounded to death by young thugs

Posted 16/3-10 at 21.46

David Askew, a 64-year-old from Greater Manchester with learning difficulties, had been bullied for years by local youths. The last confrontation on March 11th led to David dying from a heart attack outside his house.

Neighbours complained that the police had not done enough to protect David and his family. However, David's mother thanked the police and said, ‘They have done as much as anyone could do."

This incident is another in a long line of serious hate crimes against disabled people in the UK. The most recent and infamous was that of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter, Francecca.

(http://www.daa.org.uk/index.php?mact=Blogs,cntnt01,showentry,0&cntnt01entryid=57&cntnt01returnid=98)

David's death came on the same day as the Chief Inspector of Constabulary warned police forces that they were failing to address the impact of anti-social behaviour on communities. More than half of the 43 forces in England and Wales could not automatically identify repeat victims, leaving officers in ignorance of some of the most vulnerable people who need help.

A brief survey found officers did not turn up to almost one in four anti-social behaviour complaints. It was also found 20% of repeat victims classed themselves as disabled.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/a-human-tragedy-a-national-scandal-1920089.html

 

 

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Comment added 03/12-13 at 10.51 by: author (sd@gmail.com)

rgds

Comment added 07/2-11 at 21.57 by: author (bryan_partington@hotmail.co.uk)

I WENT TO A SPECIAL SCHOOL IN THE EIGHTIES, I THOUGHT THAT THE BIGOTRY I SUFFERED WENT OUT WITH THE LAST CENTURY.THE FIONA PILKINGTON CASE AND THE DAVID ASKEW CASE PROVE DIFFERNT,I FEEL VERY ANGRY AND A LITTLE BIT OF THE HARRY BROWN COMES OUT IN ME WHEN I READ ABOUT THESE COWARDS.I AM NOT ASHAMED TO ADMIT IT I WANT SOME FORM OF RETRIBUTION FOR THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE AND AND THEIR PARANTS, R.I.P. DAVID, FIONA AND YOUR LOVELY DAUGHTER I HOPE YOU FIND THE PEACE IN DEATH YOU COULD NOT FIND IN LIFE.

Comment added 01/4-10 at 03.23 by: Vinden (vinde@live.co.uk)

With a lifetime protecting my brother who had a learning disability from thugs and monsters like these, I feel a sense of of utter repulsion and I'm baying for their blood. I'm disabled to and I've been a victim but at least I can understand what makes the morons tick at least I can defend myself and fight back but what could David Askew do but be filled with horror and despair and total misery. I want revenge for David and everyone like him to spell out a warning that if you pick on the weak you will be destroyed that's what I want!

Comment added 16/3-10 at 23.51 by: Christine Fitze (christinefitze243@hotmail.com)

This is disgustng behaviour.I hope that not only the purpatrators but also their parents are punished.

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