Asian Teens Stabbed In Race-Hate Attack

Two Asian teenagers were stabbed by a gang of youths in Glasgow city centre in a suspected racist attack.

The victims, both aged 17, were walking in the Trongate in the east end of the city at about 11:30pm on Saturday when they were approached by up to nine white youths and assaulted.

Two of the group were reported to be wearing Celtic Football Club jerseys and a third a Celtic FC tracksuit.

Both teenagers were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. One was kept in overnight and treated for a back injury. Yesterday his condition was described as “stable”.

The other teenager was released following treatment for a head wound.

Detective Sergeant Sandy Johnston, from Stewart Street police station, said police were treating the incident as a racially motivated attack.

Det Sgt Johnston said: “I would urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time and who may have seen the suspects, or indeed anyone who may have information, to contact us.”

Osama Saeed, the Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain, said: “There has been a rise in these kind of incidents since the Glasgow Airport attack.

“One disappointing aspect is that more often than not the perpetrators are not brought to justice.”

Last month police said race crime had risen in the west of Scotland following the Glasgow Airport attack on 30 June.

Between 1 and 27 July, there were 258 reported racial attacks, 31 of which were connected to the airport incident, according to Strathclyde Police.

Previously, the force had been dealing with about 200 such incidents a month.