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“It’s only a matter of time until somebody gets killed,” says elderly man attacked by teens in Bradford Moor Park

An elderly man was assaulted in a park in Bradford by young people driving a motorcycle through the greenery.

A retired man has been attacked by young people driving a motorcycle in a Bradford park.

Muzammil Hussain, 69, was walking in Bradford Moor Park when two or three youths pushed him into a bush on Sunday, 20 March.

Mr Hussain was recording three young males who were riding a motorbike across the greenery in the park when he was attacked.

Mr Hussain said the brother of one of the lads on the bike started hurling abuse at him and asking him why he was recording.

When Mr Hussain replied to the comments, he was pushed, causing him to lose balance and fall to the ground in a bush.

According to residents, the groups of lads have been seen driving the motorbike in the park every day since January.

Mr Hussain said: “Almost every day, these youth are out there riding motorbikes in the park, there are usually two or three of them. On Sunday, I was pushed into a bush.

“I was making a video of the lads who were on the back of a motorbike. Then, two or three lads came towards me and started shouting abuse, asking why I was taking a video of his brother on the bike. I replied that I am allowed to, and then he pushed me so hard that I lost my balance and fell to the ground.”

Mr Hussain added: “Greenery is all we have left in the park. The local community do not seem to care about the park, the younger generation are ruining it and the older generation are just as bad, they don’t report it to the police or tell them off.”

Mr Hussain, who since retiring has cleaned the park every day, said that the wider community “do not feel safe coming here” because of the problem with the youth.

He said: “For the past five years, I have spent two or three hours of my time litter picking since I retired. I feel lucky that we have a park on our doorstep, and that people come from all over to visit our park, but the wider community do not feel safe coming here.

The young boys have been kicking up the grass with the motorbike.

“The Asian youth are very rude; they are swearing at people with no respect for anybody. There are signs on the wall that says no dogs and no cycling, but the young people are driving their motorbikes in the park.”

It is not the first time Mr Hussain has had a problem with young people in the area. A few months ago, he had to push his three grandchildren out of the way as a motorbike zoomed past them. Speaking about this incident, he said “they almost ran us down. It is only a matter of time before young people or elderly people are killed.”

Head volunteer of Friends of Bradford Moor Park, Naz Kosar, said this type of behaviour is “putting people off the park”.

She said: “We are working closely with the police to identify who these young people are. They are a nuisance and are a danger to park users.

“They are riding their motorbikes at school closing times and parents are really worried for their children. We are in discussions with the police on how we can address this and stop it from happening again. We are not going to let these young lads ruin the hard work we’ve accomplished in the past two years.

“Park watch will be out more frequently, and people need to dial 999 if they witness this kind of behaviour. The more we report it, the better response we are going to have towards this unwanted behaviour.”

She added: “This type of behaviour is putting people off the park. An older gentleman was assaulted in the park recently and a white woman was racially abused by them.”

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the incident occurred on Sunday. A spokesperson for the Force, said: “Police took a report of an assault at Silverhill Road at 2.20pm on 20 March. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Inspector Paul Riley of Bradford East Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are aware of recent issues on Bradford Moor Park relating to off-road bikes and anti-social behaviour.

“We have increased patrols in the area and are working with our colleagues on Operation Steerside to utilise available legislation to deal with those responsible.

“I would appeal to the community to come forward if they have any information on those responsible.

“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets, and we continue to work with partners to identify those responsible and take effective action to reduce incidents and improve the situation for residents.”

 

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