Vehicle smashes through window of Indian restaurant in “Hate Crime”

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A vehicle slipped through the window of an Indian restaurant in Essex in an alleged hate crime spree.

Essex Police are investigating a series of incidents between November 22 and 28, 2021, involving the Curry Cottage restaurant on the High Street in Burnham-on-Crouch.

Incidents reported to police include a vehicle driven through the window of the building, staff members who were racially abused by telephone, and telephone hoaxes with rigged food orders.

Police are currently investigating to determine if the incidents are related.

They also inquire whether they were motivated by hate or not.

Essex Police Hate Crimes Superintendent Richard Melton said:

“Investigations to determine whether these incidents are both hate-related and hate-related are ongoing and if they are, let me be clear: no one should be abused or targeted because of their behavior. race or religion.

“Hate crime in all its forms is a priority for Essex Police and will not be tolerated.

“We are working hand in hand with our other partners in Essex to take a hard line against hate committed across the county, and we are working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure that perpetrators of crimes haters are brought to justice.

“We recognize the problems that hate causes and how it can escalate if not controlled by those who witness it.

“What starts out as low-level anti-social behavior can turn into hate crimes and this is especially damaging to tight-knit rural communities.”

Officers encourage those with information on incidents at Curry Cottage to report it online at www.essex.police.uk or to use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an operator online between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

An Essex Police spokesperson added:

“Please note that comments made on closed social media groups are not accessible to persons investigating the crime, so please contact the police directly for any information.”

You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In a similar case, the owner of a US-based Indian restaurant spoke of the years of threatening and racist phone calls he received.

Vishal Patel, of the Curry Up Indian Grill in Ohio, revealed he gets about five to 10 calls per month from private or blocked numbers.

He doesn’t know the callers, but he thinks the same three people are calling and hanging up, placing bogus orders, and making disturbing comments.

Mr. Patel said:

“They said they were going to come and shoot the place.”

“And they’re going to come and shoot me in the head.” (They said), ‘You better be careful. You never know, your house might burn down in the middle of the night ‘.

He added that sometimes the comments include racial slurs.

“They said, ‘curry head,’ ‘napkin head,’ (things) like, ‘You have to go back to your country. Nobody likes Indians.


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