London police charge 6 more in beating of asylum-seeker

They were approached by a group of people who asked where he was from, and upon ascertaining he was an asylum seeker, "chased him and launched a brutal attack", the statement read.

Following the incident, which is being treated as a suspected hate crime, a JustGiving page was set up for the 17-year-old to help him "overcome this disgusting ordeal and show that he is loved and welcome here in the United Kingdom".

"But what I can say is that without a doubt this will leave lasting scars". Authorities have released images of two people they are still working to identify and speak with.

"Whilst arrests have been made, we now know that a large number of people, approximately 20, were involved in the attack on the victim", said Croydon Criminal Investigation Department's Detective Inspector Gary Castle.

Kurdish-Iranian immigration, asylum and human rights lawyer, Kaweh Beheshtizadeh, who is based on London Road, Croydon, and came to the United Kingdom in 2004 as an asylum seeker said he is "absolutely shocked" by the attack.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and witnesses regarding the attack, including those in a white hatchback vehicle which was spotted close to the incident.

Ms Lockhart added that barmaid Leite "is seen to come out of the pub when on her shift and join the group, as this happened outside her workplace, before going back into the pub".

Kyran Evans, 23, of Shrublands Avenue, and a 17-year-old girl from the Croydon area also appeared in court today after being charged with violent disorder on Monday. The attack only stopped after bystanders intervened and police sirens could be heard. I was just hugging him saying "you're my brother".

"I think this was probably confidence by numbers", Police Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said on Monday as she described the attack on Ahmed, who was with two friends at the time.

All of the five suspects that appeared in court were from Croydon.

The suspected attackers range in age from 15 to 26 years of age, and include two pairs of siblings, the BBC reported, citing law enforcement.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said hate crime "has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else" and the Refugee Council charity said it was "disgusted" by the attack.

  • Leroy Wright