Cleveland Police have taken Action After Youngsters Target Security Staff following shocking incident.
Whereby former Gurkha Soldiers who are now security guards have faced shocking behaviour and have been physically assaulted with rocks.
In recent weeks Middlesbrough’s Central Ward Neighbourhood Police Team has been called to a number of incidents at the Gateway Retail Park on Heath Road.
It was reported that local children were throwing large rocks onto the former Sainsbury’s site and causing criminal damage.
Attending officers were shocked to discover that some of the caretakers of this site had been injured after being struck by the rocks. Shockingly whilst throwing glass bottles and rocks, the children were shouting at the men “Chinese go home, you are not wanted”.
The Officers spent time talking to the men and found out that they were actually originally from Nepal and had joined the British Army at a young age, serving as Gurkha Soldiers.
After fighting for Britain and travelling the world these men are now British citizens, working in Middlesbrough. They are very well thought of in the local area.
Officers realised that the local youngsters were in fact taking part in more than antisocial behaviour and were actually causing criminal damage, serious injury and being racially abusive to men who are veterans.
Police increased their presence and once some of the young people had been identified, they carried out home visits to inform their parents about what their children had been doing.
One parent found out during a home visit that her son had been involved and took him to apologise to the men, assuring them that he wouldn’t be back.
Local officers continue to check the site, and incidents have drastically reduced.
PCSO Zoe Price said: “There is a sense of pride in having Gurkhas working with us, but we also want to have pride in our local area and remind people that nobody goes to work to be abused and injured.
“As soon as local officers realised the gravity of the situation we were able to make a difference by working with these men and with local children and young people.
“I’d urge parents and carers to be aware of where your children are – for their safety and that of the local community. This situation could have ended so very badly but by talking to us, these men have seen their circumstances change for the better.
“Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Police Team will deal firmly with anyone involved in this kind of behaviour. If you witness it recurring or have any information then please call 101 and ask for PCSO James Elford and PCSO Zoe Price.