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In a scary echo of the tragic murder of 'Goth' Sophie Lancaster a few years ago there has been another attack on a teenager heavy metal fan a couple of miles away from where Sophie was tragically murdered.
It's not an isolated incident and another reminder of the hardening of conservative attitudes on british streets where having non casual clothes can sometimes be very dangerous.
Ben Moores, 16, was called ”Ëmosher' and ”Ëfreak' as he was punched and kicked to the ground by up to 15 youths (that's brave...15 on to one...). Sophie was attacked in a park in Bacup, Rossendale, for looking like a goth. Ben was set upon behind the Co-op supermarket in Waterfoot ”â two miles from where Sophie died in 2007. Clumps of his hair were pulled out and his head and wrists were stamped on. He suffered bruising to his head and body but escaped serious injury. Ben said: “When they got me on the floor I thought I was going to die. “There was no stopping them ”â they wouldn't let me up. “I had blood all over my face by the end. “When I was getting kicked and stamped in my head and on my wrists and my hair was being pulled out, there was nothing I could do. Thinking about it now makes me shiver in shock. “They were only doing it because of the way I look and because I've got long hair and like heavy metal music. “It's all because I dress a bit different and have different interests.”Â Seven teenagers aged 14-18, all from Rossendale, were arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident.
Sophie's mum Sylvia Lancaster ”â who has campaigned for attacks against youngsters based on their appearance to be categorised as hate crimes ”â said Ben's ordeal suggested the lessons of her daughter's death in Stubbylee Park had not been learned. She said: “It's disgraceful what has happened. “The fact that young people gang together like that and think of it as fun is just wrong. “People have no right to do this ”â it is beyond me why they think it is okay. “It is very sad that there have been no lessons learned.”Â Ben's mum Gayle Moores, 43, said: “It was awful. “He had blood pouring from his ears and face and bald patches. It scares me because of what happened to Sophie Lancaster.”Â Alyson Barnes, leader of Rossendale council, said: “This is not acceptable. If anyone feels threatened in any way they must report these things to the police.”Â Sophie was kicked and stamped to death by Brendan Harris, 15, and Ryan Herbert, 16. They were jailed for 18 years and 16 years respectively for her murder. A further three youths were jailed for grievous bodily harm on her partner Robert Maltby.
Has anyone else got a story about an incident like this...