Sixteen people arrested for asylum seeker attack

Sixteen people have been arrested in connection to an attack that left an asylum seeker fighting for his life.

The Kurdish-Iranian teenager was kicked and punched by an estimated ‘20 to 30’ people at a bus stop in Croydon.

Seven people have been charged for the ‘brutal attack’.

Another seven remain in custody following their arrests and two people have been released with no further action.

The age of those arrested so far in connection to the attack range from 17-24, with police expecting more arrests.

Dept Supt Jane Corrigan said: “My dedicated team of officers has worked tirelessly over the weekend and this has culminated in a number of arrests.

“Given the large number of people believed to have been involved we anticipate making further arrests.”

Emergency services were called at the scene last Friday night to find the victim suffering from serious injuries.

The attack left the victim with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and a bleed to the brain.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident.

But Dep supt Jane Corrigan said: “We believe that a group of people who were in a nearby pub were either directly involved or witnessed the incident.”

“My dedicated team of officers has worked tirelessly over the weekend and this has culminated in a number of arrests.

“Given the large number of people believed to have been involved we anticipate making further arrests.”

Meanwhile a fundraiser has been set up for the 17 year old victim with over £42,000 raised on site justgiving.com.

Bridey Watson who set up the page, showed her support for the Kurdish-Iranian teenager.

She said: “We want to help him overcome this horrible ordeal and show that he is loved and welcome here in the United Kingdom.”

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