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Mum’s anger over police response to ‘racist’ street attack on her daughter

25-year-old tells how she was punched to ground after ‘N-word’ abuse when car pulled up

23 July, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Jameelah Yagoub and daughter Aziza

A MOTHER whose daughter was attacked in the street has complained to the police over their handling of the incident, claiming officers failed to acknowledge that it was racially motivated.

Aziza Yagoub, 25, was walking in Great Percy Street, Clerkenwell, when a car pulled up beside her. Two men and two women were in the car and asked her to get in. When she refused, a man jumped out and punched her, leaving her unconscious.

Ms Yagoub suffers from cavernoma, a bleed in her brain which causes blackouts, and was admitted to hospital for two days following the assault in April.

Her mother, Jameelah, said: “We have been waiting to get a response from the police and we decided we cannot wait any longer.

“The attackers kept using the N-word but the crime was registered as a common assault rather than grievous bodily harm [GBH] or racially motivated.”

She added: “The first-responders did not take down the car numberplate. They did not take the investigation seriously. My daughter was seriously injured but she was treated as if she was a nuisance.

“It’s been left to us to pick up the pieces. I can’t see whether it would go any further. We need some sort of justice. To allow these things to happen is not good enough.”

Aziza, who was with her boyfriend and a friend, said: “My partner was on the floor and covered in blood but they didn’t call an ambulance until 45 minutes after they took statements. They [the attackers] went straight for me. The two males were stamping and punching me. The female was pulling my hair. They knocked me out.

“I want to know: where is the CCTV?”

Ms Yagoub made a complaint to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in June after hearing the case had been closed with no arrests being made.

In a statement, the Met Police said: “Police were called at 3.55am on Tuesday, 13 April to reports of an altercation on Great Percy Street. Officers attended and spoke to a number of people at the location. One man, aged 25, was found suffering facial injuries and a woman, aged 25, reported she had been repeatedly kicked and punched.”

It added: “Enquiries were carried out and, after pursuing all possible investigative lines of enquiry, the case was closed pending any new evidence coming to light. A complaint has been received in relation to this incident and is being assessed by Central North BCU Professional Standards Unit.”

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