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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Savage tram attack on pair of Goths

This month, with chilling echoes of the fatal attack on Sophie Lancaster, a pair of Goths were assaulted on a tram in Bury by a gang of thugs because of their style of clothing. The two have not been named, and police say that the attack was entirely unprovoked.

The friends, a woman and man, aged 22 and 29 respectively, were boarding a tram at the Metrolink station on their way home from a bar, when three men began to shout abuse at them.

The attackers followed them onto the tram and headbutted the woman. One of the men stamped on her face five times (excuse me while I rein in the swear words coming to mind here), fracturing her eye socket.

Her companion was punched to the ground then kicked in the face and body as he lay on the floor of the tram.

CCTV images of two of the suspects, believed to be in their early 40s, have been released; anyone who recognises these men should call police on 0161 856 8163 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



I'm just stuck on the fact that a man in his 40s stamped on a woman's face. Because of how she was dressed.

I don't know about you guys, but that makes me feel physically sick. And I really hope that it's true what they say: what goes around, comes around.

32 comments:

† Lamentful Miss † said...

GRRRR it makes me so sick! I hate when something like that happens, we're in the 21st century and we still see that type of things happening! What the world... :(

Daniel_8964 said...

This is just appaling and proves the world still has idiotic and shallow lowlife people around. Makes me mad and annoyed how they could do that still in the 21st century. I guess cruel people just never stop :/

Cassandra said...

What state of mind do you have to be in that an attack like that seems like a good idea to you?

Physically sick indeed ...

Under_The_Stairs said...

*vomits*.Sickening.

Dirgesinger said...

Mindless creatures... and people call animals animal...

Le Professeur Gothique said...

This is beyond sickening! I am so angry that I have no words. GRRRRRR ... so freaking angry.

Miss Eva Morgan Reeve said...

I feel sick...
I was attack for dressing goth on the street once after the shooting at Dawson College by Kimveer Gill (a goth and VampireFreak user) in Montreal in 2006 (that's were I live), I had a couple of bruises not nearly as bad as her, poor thing.

Still, I was 17, alone and really afraid.

Nightwind said...

This is both sickening and tragic. Unfortunately, the world is full of insecure people who falsely believe that by bullying, or otherwise harming others, gives them some sense of power and self confidence. I'm sorry this happened.

Anonymous said...

I am sickened, but seeing with how many people are as sickened as me just in this message board keeps me positive.. Because there are people out there that know this is wrong. We need to stick together and bring awareness to those that don't know and those who avoid.

LovleAnjel said...

That is disgusting! It's so hard to believe that there are people like that in civilized society.

Anonymous said...

My heart really goes out to this couple, being the victim of an unprovoked assault is a soul-destroying, terrifying and humiliating experience.

Something similar happened to me many years ago. Although I was lucky enough to escape with just a burst lip and a nosebleed, it left me shaken for weeks and scared to leave the house. I hope that the couple make a full recovery and don't allow it to affect their daily lives from here on.

I also REALLY hope that they find the "men" (Honestly, grown-ass adults acting like that?!) that done this and that they're thrown in prison for a very long time.
Then again, knowing what the UK justice system can be like, I fear that that may just be a hope.

babybatdanielle said...

Is there a school that disgusting people like those excuses for men can be sent to, so they can learn manners and accept everyone for who they are? Because I'm seriously thinking about setting one up.
That just makes me sick to the bone. I hope that justice can be done.
Danielle xo

BellaDonna said...

There are no words for how sick and disgusting and sad this is. May those thugs get twice as much as they deserve for this...

x-akurei said...

*shudder*
I live near Bury, and as far as shopping is concerned it is quite decent (well, if you're looking for Halloween deco or food...) so I take occassional trips there. I must say, it IS a scary place if you wear anything out of the ordinary. I might seem judgemental when I say this but, I've never met a single nice person in Bury. :|
Ugh, this is just sickening.

ickle ickle said...

Has anyone heard from the couple since? Are they safe? Recovering? My sincerest sympathies to them both.

I wish the justice system would make punishments literally fit crimes. I'd love if those two sub-humans were caught, and permanently tattooed with a full face of Uber-Goth makeup.
(Preferably by a tattoo artist who has lost their proper equipment, and substituted football boots for convenience.)

Violet said...

What the Fuck is wrong with these people? This sickens me.

Faery Jay said...

Wow. This attack just defies description. And the attackers were in their 40s? Looks like some people just don't grow up. I really do have to wonder what makes people think that bashing people for their fashion aesthetic is okay. Prejudice and immaturity at their finest. =( I hope that the couple are okay or will be soon. My best wishes and prayers go out to them.
Faery Jay

VictorianKitty (Sophistique Noir) said...

This is deeply troubling. So much for living in an enlightened world. :( It's just shocking that people of that age would be filled with such hatred and rage.

Katanya said...

Absolutely disgusting behaviour from a group of people, who at their age, really should know better. I really can't see why -anyone- should be treated this way just because of their appearance or subculture affiliations.

Obviously some people have the mindset of a delinquent who addles in things they shouldn't touch.

I sincerely hope they catch the perpetrators and make them realise the err of their ways. You don't do this to other people!

Maggie said...

This sounds very much like the attack on Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend. If the society thinks Goths are violent, they should think twice... I only wish the attackers are caught soon and brought to justice.

Sal Kaye said...

Horrible. I'm at a loss for words.

ultimategothguide said...

ickle ickle - seriously injured but recovering; they went to the police about the attack themselves.

Anonymous said...

how can people IN THEIR 40!!!! do something soooo cold and cruel ...i hope the couple recovers

SkeleDuck said...

Some kids never grow up, it seems; they just grow bigger.
And do more damage when they decide the time is ripe to stamp on someone's face.

I am a goth, and today (again) I am depressed.

Cassandra said...

That's an excellent point. Maybe if people would stop behaving in such depressing ways, goths would have less of a reputation for being depressed ;)

Twinkle said...

This makes me so upset; it really shows the state the world is in. Its things like this that make me worry everytime I walk out of the door. I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely disgusting...When their Karma catches up with them, it'd better make them pay BAD

DEATH OF A RAVEN said...

And here was me thinking, The Government and The Police were going to clamp down, on prejudice against Goths. What are these criminals trying to prove? The only thing I see in them is ignorance. A bit like The ATOS lot really. Who the heck is running this country?

DEATH OF A RAVEN said...

I know how they feel. My sister and I have been bullied since we were children, here in useless Oswestry. Oswestry is a very bad chav town. We get a lot of hassle from the locals, because they see us as a threat, because we are different. We do not see the world the same way as they do. All Goths have my deepest understanding. It's not always easy to be different. But you have to dare to be different.

Boots said...

Sick. Cringe-worthy. Scary. Sick.

Vulcan_Butterfly said...

Holy f*ck, I can't believe that this type of thing still happens in this day and age. It makes me very thankful that I have not had this problem when dressing up, thankfully most people are either positive or somewhat curious.

Vinylshadow said...

This kind of thing is terrible.
The pic on the top does make the guy look like some kind of nasty ogre. Talk about looking into someones soul....maybe the camera captured the real him?

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