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ECHO COMMENT: Cheltenham racist abuse is not isolated incident

By GlosEchoEd  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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It would be good to think that the appalling racist abuse we highlight today in Cheltenham is an isolated case. That it really “doesn’t happen here”.

But that would be a very naive view.

At the centre of the abuse is a family takeaway restaurant which opened just six months ago.

If the abuse Sukh Randhawa and her staff have been subjected to at Tennyson Food Plaza continues, they won’t be there for much longer. Why should they be? Why should they have to put up with it?

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Following her complaints, we spoke to other takeaways and it didn’t take us long to find other victims.

Rahul Sachdeva, manager of Pizza Go Go in High Street, said racist abuse was part of the daily reality for many takeaway staff.

As ever, much of the abuse is blamed on drink but that is no excuse at all.

Anyone who is prepared to abuse staff because of the colour of their skin when they are under the influence, has a problem. Their racist views are always there but may not always surface.

And that is the real problem that the whole community has to tackle here.

While many victims feel it is a waste of time reporting incidents to the police, they should at least try.

Gloucestershire police spokesman Chris Jackson insists the force will do all it can to help victims and bring offenders to justice.

It’s important that the police are given the opportunity to respond – and that they do so.

On a daily basis though, it’s down to all of us to let racists know that there is no place for such views in 21st century Britain. It’s an on-going battle but one that can be won.

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  • GlosEchoEd  |  April 25 2014, 1:23PM

    Apologies GlosterGal. That has now been corrected.

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  • GlosterGal  |  April 25 2014, 12:48PM

    Why is Cheltenham not spelt correctly in the headline.....where is your proof reader?