Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing on Wednesday of three teenagers following an assault on a shop worker in Norris Green.
At approximately 7.50am on 28th December 2016, officers were called to Broadway to a report that a 38 year-old man had been assaulted by three males and suffered significant injuries to his upper body and head. The injured male is continuing to recover at home.
Three males, two aged 16 and one aged 15, who are all from the Clubmoor and Norris Green areas, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court. All three pleaded guilty to section 18 assault.
One male, aged 15, was sentenced to an 18 month detention and training order
One male, aged 16, was sentenced to an 18 month detention and training order
One male, aged 16, was sentenced to a two year detention and training order
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Kameen said: “This was a horrendous and unprovoked assault on a man who was simply going about his business. What is most shocking is the ages of those responsible for carrying out this assault.
“I am sure the local community would agree that this type of behaviour has no place in Merseyside and I believe the sentences imposed by the court today reflect how serious this matter has been treated.
“I also hope that this will send a message out that Merseyside Police is committed to maintaining the rights of all our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect and that any offences targeting people because of their race, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity will not be tolerated.
“I would continue to urge victims of hate crime to report offences to the police so that we can take prompt action. However, we are acutely aware that sometimes people may be reluctant to come forward to the police, because of sensitivities or concerns they may have and there are other ways for people to report hate crime.
“Reluctant victims can go through third party reporting centres such as Registered Social Landlords, Daisy UK, who specialise in Disability Hate Crime reports (0800 694 2123) or Stop Hate UK, a 24/7 service which is a telephone reporting line (0800 138 1625).”