Girl attacked burned and robbed in broad daylight

Girl attacked burned and robbed in broad daylight

Girl attacked burned and robbed in broad daylight

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These are the shocking injuries inflicted upon schoolgirl Sureyya Ozkaya during a brutal daylight assault near her Thornton Heath home.

The 14-year-old’s hair was set on fire and her hands and feet were cut with glass during the attack in Grangewood Park, before her attackers smashed her head against a tree and left her bleeding in a bush.

She was stumbled upon by a woman walking her dog and carried home to nearby Kitchener Road following the attack, at about 7.30pm on June 9.

Sureyya’s mother Pemdegul Kale, 39, said three girls taunted her daughter about her Muslim faith as they carried out the assault, before burning her hair with a lighter and stealing her trainers.

Mrs Kale said: “My daughter is so scared. She does not want to stay in the house – she is staying at a relative’s now and wakes up crying.

“She comes here and stays for an hour, but only gets to the front door before she wants to go again. I miss her and I want her to come home.”

The family have been critical of the police’s response to the attack, complaining they had to collect hair cut from Sureyya’s head themselves several days after the incident.

Mrs Kale said: “We are doing the police’s job for them. We had a phone call 24 hours after it happened saying they were taking statements from someone on July 22.

“It is too long. I want this to be done and over with.”

A 14-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the attack and bailed to return to a south London police station on July 22.

Anyone with information can call Croydon police on 03001 231212, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:04am Fri 25 Jun 10

emelem says...

it is an absolute disgrace that this has happened and that it will continue to happen to others in the future. these physical wounds will heal but the emotional damage will last far longer.

hopefully, Sureyya will eventually gain strength through this and know that these attackers (decent girls and women do not behave like this..) basically acted on the basis of ignorance and fear. fear of the unknown. ignorance because they are taught it or choose not to learn.

hopefully, Sureyya will not let these attackers win by succumbing to the similar fear these people are ruled by. Taking the time to heal & actually feeling sorry for these attackers, rather than fearing them, will make her by miles a far better person.

living well is the best revenge...
it is an absolute disgrace that this has happened and that it will continue to happen to others in the future. these physical wounds will heal but the emotional damage will last far longer. hopefully, Sureyya will eventually gain strength through this and know that these attackers (decent girls and women do not behave like this..) basically acted on the basis of ignorance and fear. fear of the unknown. ignorance because they are taught it or choose not to learn. hopefully, Sureyya will not let these attackers win by succumbing to the similar fear these people are ruled by. Taking the time to heal & actually feeling sorry for these attackers, rather than fearing them, will make her by miles a far better person. living well is the best revenge... emelem
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2:46am Sat 26 Jun 10

khazar14 says...

You forgot to mention that the criminals were black. But of course only whites commit hate crimes, don't they?
You forgot to mention that the criminals were black. But of course only whites commit hate crimes, don't they? khazar14
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1:25pm Sun 27 Jun 10

Roland22 says...

Sadly savage robberies like this happen attackers tend to taunt ones physical appearance.
If she had been overweight they would have called her fat. If she had been Jewish they would have called her out on that.
Nothing in this case suggests the motive for the attack was anti-Muslim hatred as is suggested by so called "Islamophobia" websites.
Sadly savage robberies like this happen attackers tend to taunt ones physical appearance. If she had been overweight they would have called her fat. If she had been Jewish they would have called her out on that. Nothing in this case suggests the motive for the attack was anti-Muslim hatred as is suggested by so called "Islamophobia" websites. Roland22
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