the group are then seen becoming aggressive
On the evening of June 7, 2021, violence erupted at a house in what is believed to have been an act of revenge after a family suffered racist abuse.
Approximately 10 men reportedly smashed windows at a house in the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton.
Police believe the attack was in retaliation for an incident in West Park where a family was subjected to racist abuse on June 5, 2021.
A video of the racist abuse was widely shared online.
It showed a group of young males making racial slurs at a play area.
One person is heard shouting at the family: “F*****g p***s.”
Two members of the group are then seen becoming aggressive, with one young man approaching the family.
A woman is heard telling the person to stay away from her.
The man then threatens: “I’ll stab you myself.”
He repeats his threat before pushing another member of the family and later hitting a phone out of the hands of the person filming the incident.
The subsequent attack in Whitmore Reans, which was also filmed and posted online, resulted in a man suffering a head injury. He did not require hospital treatment.
Footage showed a man on the floor being kicked and punched by a group of males inside a house.
The windows of the house were later smashed by the attackers.
Two boys, aged 15 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault over the park incident.
However, no suspects have been arrested over the Whitmore Reans incident.
Senior police officers have now told people to stay calm, unite and not take matters into their own hands.
Chief Inspector Hasson Shigdar, of Wolverhampton Police, said:
“We know there is a great deal of anger and frustration following an incident in West Park and we understand that.”
“But we are asking our communities to now pull together and remain calm as we work to bring those involved to justice.
“We will not tolerate racially aggravated incidents in our city and following enquiries into Saturday’s incident we have now made two arrests.
“Unfortunately we are also investigating a second attack which we believe was in retaliation and we would now urge everyone to allow officers to focus on carrying out their enquiries
“We also do not want these incidents to cause any more harm or upset than they already have so we are asking people to no longer share footage as this can only stir up further resentment and anger.”
The two West Park suspects remained in police custody.
Police stated that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
People have been urged not to share videos of either attack, with police warning that it could lead to further unrest.
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101, quoting incident number 3816 of June 5.
Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.