Pitchforks & Lynch Mobs in Rural England

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Sometimes, things happen that make me deeply ashamed of the people I find myself living amongst.

Barrow-in-Furness is famous for two things – being the place where the UK builds it’s nuclear subs and being home to one of the Hairy Bikers.

However, it is now becoming famous for something altogether less appealing – good, old fashioned unvarnished racism.

It all began a little over a week ago when a young girl claimed she had been abused by a gang of Asian men.

a girl in her late teens took to social media last week to report allegations of horrific physical and sexual abuse.

The woman, claimed she had been beaten, burned, drugged and trafficked for sex throughout the north of England by a gang of Asian men.

She posted graphic pictures of injuries including bruises, scratches and burn marks. Her post caused an outpouring of anger and support on social media and was widely shared.

The police had to take the unusual step of making a public announcement regarding the allegations:

CUMBRIA Police have confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into an incident of physical and sexual abuse that was reported yesterday evening.

The Constabulary are aware of a post issued by a member of the public earlier today on social media concerning the incident, which was reported to have occurred in the Barrow-in-Furness area.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime and Safeguarding at Cumbria Constabulary, said: “The Constabulary is aware of a post which has been circulated on social media concerning reports of physical and sexual abuse committed against a woman, aged in her late teens.

“These reports are currently subject of a thorough investigation carried out by a team of detectives. Enquiries, which are at an early stage, are ongoing to ascertain the full circumstances of the incident.

“I would like to reassure the public that reports of any form of abuse will be comprehensively investigated and victims will receive appropriate safeguarding.”

They went even further by issuing a statement explaining that they had been investigating similar allegations for over a year:

POLICE in Barrow have confirmed a lengthy investigation has found ‘no evidence’ of a gang of men exploiting young women in Barrow. 

‘This has ruined our lives’ – Mithali takeaway boss in Barrow reveals impact of assault allegations

TAKEAWAY owners in Barrow said they have received ‘vile death threats’ after being linked to alleged allegations of sexual exploitation.

Fahsin Ahmed, who runs Mithali in Barrow – alongside his brother Evan, said he was forced to close his business after death threats left him fearing for the safety of his family and staff on Wednesday.

The takeaway, along with three others, was targeted on social media after its bosses said it was linked to ‘untrue’ allegations of physical and sexual assault against a teenage girl.

The alleged allegations had led to concerns in the community that an Asian grooming gang was operating in Barrow.

The target of the pointless hatred are four Asian cuisine takeways and the only basis for the mob’s anger are the allegations of a couple of young girls.

The owners of takeaways Mr Cheeko’s and Mithali and restaurants Barrow Indian Cusine and Dhaba have denied any wrongdoing following allegations on social media.

They were named by friends of a teenager who alleged she had been sexually abused by a gang of men in Barrow in a harrowing post on Facebook.

The police took this allegation seriously and carried out a year long investigation that concluded there was no ‘Asian grooming ring’ operating in Barrow.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden, head of crime and safeguarding at Cumbria Police, said the investigation had also been subjected to an independent peer review, which found no major faults in Cumbria Police’s handling of the investigation.

However, the locals did not accept this and instead, angrily claimed there was some kind of cover-up going on involving both the police and the local newspaper.

The violent, mob-like reaction is deeply disturbing:

Police said a 30-year-old man from Barrow was among those who had been arrested in connection to death threats against takeaway bosses.

Officers have made a ‘number of arrests’ following claims people threatened the businesses and regular patrols have been carried out on Cavendish Street.

Even the local MP has felt the need to speak out:

Barrow’s MP Simon Fell has called for calm as police continue to investigate sexual abuse allegations.

He said: “I am closely monitoring this case and will do everything in my power to ensure that victims are protected, and that justice is done.

“Right now, when tensions are high, it is easy to scapegoat.

“But to do that would be wrong.

“Doing that risks tarring innocent people and opening a box which is very difficult to close. So, please – no matter how hard it may be – I urge you to exercise calm.”

A woman was then arrested and charged with seven counts of perverting the course of justice and has appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates Court charged with perverting the course of justice:

Eleanor Williams, of Teasdale Road on Walney, appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The 19-year-old has been charged with seven counts of perverting the course of justice relating to seven allegations made between 2017 and 2020.

Between October 2017 and January 2018 Williams is accused of making false allegations to the police and falsifying evidence about an allegation of rape and sexual assault which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice.

It must be noted that the accused are Asian men and Barrow is a town that is virtually all-white. There was a case of an Asian grooming ring operating in the town of Rotherham a couple of years ago, and it is the memory of that case that has ignited a ferocious response that can only be described as intrinsically racist:

THE Barrow community is demanding answers to growing concerns a grooming gang is operating in the town.

A petition, which had last night been signed by more than 12,000 people, is calling on the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to launch ‘a full scale, investigation into allegations of organised child sex abuse in Barrow and the links to a larger operation across the country’.

The call comes just hours after a protest rally was held on the town’s Hindpool Retail Park on Saturday.

If the accused men were white, no doubt people in Barrow would accept the finding of the year-long police investigation.

Not helping the situation was the presence at the protest of Israeli stooge Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a 5 times convicted criminal, football hooligan, wife beater and drug pusher who is employed by the Mossad to stir up violence between white Britons and our darker-skinned brethren.

Barrow MP Simon Fell added: ‘I see that Mr Yaxley-Lennon has arrived in town. A deeply unhelpful intervention that will only increase tensions in our community at the worst possible time. We didn’t fall for his pitch last May when he turned up looking for votes to become an MEP. Nor shall we now.’

It must be pointed out that Yaxley-Lennon showed up without anyone connected to the case requesting his odious presence:

A statement posted by the family of the woman posted on a page set up to support her said: “We have heard rumours that Tommy Robinson is in town.

“We want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with us and we do not want him involved.

“We are a peaceful family, who condemns any form of racial hatred. We are appealing for calm from the good people of Barrow. Thank you again so much for all your support.”

Now, let me be clear, this entire shitstorm has blown up because a young woman posted thee pictures on Facebook and claimed she had been the victim of abuse. The police conducted a year-long investigation into the allegations and concluded there was no basis to them.

That should have been the end of the matter, but because the men accused of being the abusers are Asian, the reaction from many in Barrow has been violent and deeply racist.

It deeply disgusts and saddens me that, in the 21st century, Britons can behave so appallingly.

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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2 COMMENTS

    • The perception is that the grooming gangs uncovered in Rotherham and a little earlier in Oldham, were ignored by the police. I doubt that’s the case here in Barrow, I mean, how many police resources would it take to monitor maybe two dozen individuals of Asian ethnicity in a town of 67,000? When the police say they carried out a 12 month long in-depth investigation, I believe them, sadly many appear to not share my view, not least the young woman who found herself in court for perverting the course of justice or the several young men arrested this week for threatening to kill Asians and burn their businesses. I can’t help but feel that the whole thing is only happning because the accused are Asian. Most of the people who are causing the unrest have most likely never spoken to an Asian other than the usual drunken abuse on a Saturday night. Barrow is a place caught in time, attitudes there are still caught in the past in many ways.