BAD NEWS about Reker Ahmed’s condition has emerged after his brother and a friend visited him in hospital. Ahmed was attacked last Friday in Shrublands Road, Croydon, by a gang of eight to ten youths who had identified him as an asylum seeker. The police have described the attack as particularly brutal and are treating it as a hate crime.
It was already clear that Reker Ahmed had serious physical injuries. Police had confirmed that the attackers fractured his spine and eye socket and that he suffered a bleed on the brain – as well as injuries to his face. Those who have visited Ahmed have now described him as being in a very bad condition, adding that his physical injuries are extensive, leaving him still “black and blue” and his face “smashed very badly”.
Most worrying is that both his brother, Hadi Ahmed, and friend, Abdullah Abdullah, have now confirmed that Reker Ahmed did not recognise them when they visited. While it is possible that this may be due to medication, the two clearly raised the possibility that Reker’s mental functions may have been permanently damaged in the assault.
•To date, a total of 13 young people, aged between 15 and 24, have been charged with violent disorder in relation to the attack. Police continue to investigate the attack and are still looking for three key suspects and are continuing to appeal to the public to come forward with information.
Anyone with information that can assist in identifying or locating the person shown in the image should contact Croydon CID during office hours on 020 3276 2234 or via 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting the image reference.
Police are still trying to identify the young man referred to as “Q” in the CCTV still released a couple of days ago. To view the image, go to:
•The Kurdish community has held a local demonstration in Croydon which was joined by local MP Gavin Barwell and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.