Teenager is victim of race attack on Rodwell Trail

Dorset Echo: Kenneth Kirkley with his son Kenny Kenneth Kirkley with his son Kenny

A TEENAGER fought off attackers who punched him and hurled racial abuse at him.

Kenny Kirkley, 14, was attacked on the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth as he cycled home from school.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident near Knightsdale Road. No arrests have been made.

The teenager’s father, also called Kenneth, said his son had been left badly shaken.

He said: “These thugs jumped out and knocked him off his bike.

“They were trying to pull it off him, but he was on the other side of the bike pulling back.

“They punched him a few times and called him all these racial names. Then they ran off.”

The youngster called the police who rushed to the scene and took him home.

It was the first time the All Saints pupil has ridden to school on his bike.

Mr Kirkley said: “He has always gone by bus but he was pestering me to be allowed to use his bike.

“I’m always a bit worried about it, especially in winter, but we went out and got a helmet and a high-visibility rucksack and flashing lights and off he went, pleased as Punch.

“He is all right now but he was in such a state of shock when it happened.”

He added: “He asked them why they were calling him those names. It was horrible.”

The incident has not put the brave pupil off cycling, although he now uses a different route to get to school.

PC Caroline Orchard, of Weymouth police, said: “I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about this incident to contact Dorset Police in confidence as soon as possible.

“This incident has left the young victim extremely frightened and we are keen to find those responsible.

“The offenders are described as white, aged between 16 and 18, with one wearing a black coat with a hood and patches on it.

“It is also believed they may have been in company with a young girl either riding a pink bicycle or pushing a pink pram.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident at around 3.20pm on Wednesday, December 11, or who has information about those responsible, is asked to call Dorset Police on 101.

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9:57am Mon 16 Dec 13

Peter6 says...

These people need to be caught and educated, I hope their parents are proud of them.
These people need to be caught and educated, I hope their parents are proud of them. Peter6

11:28am Mon 16 Dec 13

Bollard says...

Unfortunately racism is getting worse in this country, partly due to some of the 'Proud To Be British' brigade who use that as an excuse to blame anybody who is 'not British' for all of our problems.The biggest problem in this country is our own home grown work shy layabouts!
Well done to Kenny for being brave enough to speak up about it.
Unfortunately racism is getting worse in this country, partly due to some of the 'Proud To Be British' brigade who use that as an excuse to blame anybody who is 'not British' for all of our problems.The biggest problem in this country is our own home grown work shy layabouts! Well done to Kenny for being brave enough to speak up about it. Bollard

11:37am Mon 16 Dec 13

Get a grip says...

What should be a wonderful walk and natural link is becoming a no go area.

Get some police down there and clear the scum out.

Trouble is they just move on.

Perhaps the answer is those who appear to have a lot of time on thier hands are encouraged to do something worthwhile, perhaps they could pick up litter.
What should be a wonderful walk and natural link is becoming a no go area. Get some police down there and clear the scum out. Trouble is they just move on. Perhaps the answer is those who appear to have a lot of time on thier hands are encouraged to do something worthwhile, perhaps they could pick up litter. Get a grip

11:50am Mon 16 Dec 13

Baxters says...

Jaywobbs. You're talking out of your proverbial.
Jaywobbs. You're talking out of your proverbial. Baxters

12:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

iansedwell says...

Hang in there Kenny! Racist bullies like that are only demonstrating their pathetic inadequacies.
Hang in there Kenny! Racist bullies like that are only demonstrating their pathetic inadequacies. iansedwell

1:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Big Marv says...

Get some CCTV on the Rodwell Trail like they have in the Town Centre. That should help.
Get some CCTV on the Rodwell Trail like they have in the Town Centre. That should help. Big Marv

7:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

kenny kirkley says...

Thank you everybody for your kind words and support I am very grateful - Kenny Kirkley
Thank you everybody for your kind words and support I am very grateful - Kenny Kirkley kenny kirkley

7:20pm Mon 16 Dec 13

kenny kirkley says...

Thank you very much everybody for your kind words and support, I am very grateful - kenny kirkley
Thank you very much everybody for your kind words and support, I am very grateful - kenny kirkley kenny kirkley

7:28pm Mon 16 Dec 13

kenny kirkley says...

Thank you 'Bollard' for your support but I would note that I am very much British and can trace my English ancestry back over two hundred years and I am born and bred here in this country. Thanks again Kenny Kirkley
Thank you 'Bollard' for your support but I would note that I am very much British and can trace my English ancestry back over two hundred years and I am born and bred here in this country. Thanks again Kenny Kirkley kenny kirkley

5:57am Tue 17 Dec 13

dh0566 says...

Just read this and these people are just cowards. You hold your head up high, walk tall, smile and you will always come out on top.
Just read this and these people are just cowards. You hold your head up high, walk tall, smile and you will always come out on top. dh0566

9:43pm Tue 17 Dec 13

smilealoft44 says...

Bollard wrote:
Unfortunately racism is getting worse in this country, partly due to some of the 'Proud To Be British' brigade who use that as an excuse to blame anybody who is 'not British' for all of our problems.The biggest problem in this country is our own home grown work shy layabouts!
Well done to Kenny for being brave enough to speak up about it.
Where is the evidence this was a racist attack? Maybe they were trying to pinch his bike. Why when something like this happens the racism card comes in to play? The papers like the headlines.
I take nothing away from the lad he must of been frightened.
As for the above comments about "Proud to be British" brigade, I am "Proud to be British" this is not an excuse to blame anyone. As for the problem with the home grown layabouts the reason that the layabout is because people like you are happy for wages to be so low that there is nothing to be gained in life by working for the M Wage. When decent wages are paid i e you can live without the help of others buy food clothes pay rent rates travel to and from work ect.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately racism is getting worse in this country, partly due to some of the 'Proud To Be British' brigade who use that as an excuse to blame anybody who is 'not British' for all of our problems.The biggest problem in this country is our own home grown work shy layabouts! Well done to Kenny for being brave enough to speak up about it.[/p][/quote]Where is the evidence this was a racist attack? Maybe they were trying to pinch his bike. Why when something like this happens the racism card comes in to play? The papers like the headlines. I take nothing away from the lad he must of been frightened. As for the above comments about "Proud to be British" brigade, I am "Proud to be British" this is not an excuse to blame anyone. As for the problem with the home grown layabouts the reason that the layabout is because people like you are happy for wages to be so low that there is nothing to be gained in life by working for the M Wage. When decent wages are paid i e you can live without the help of others buy food clothes pay rent rates travel to and from work ect. smilealoft44

11:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Victim of race attack or victim of being mugged for a push bike?
Getting a little boring now,this old race card being used.
Victim of race attack or victim of being mugged for a push bike? Getting a little boring now,this old race card being used. westbaywonder

2:28pm Fri 20 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

smilealoft44 wrote:
Bollard wrote:
Unfortunately racism is getting worse in this country, partly due to some of the 'Proud To Be British' brigade who use that as an excuse to blame anybody who is 'not British' for all of our problems.The biggest problem in this country is our own home grown work shy layabouts!
Well done to Kenny for being brave enough to speak up about it.
Where is the evidence this was a racist attack? Maybe they were trying to pinch his bike. Why when something like this happens the racism card comes in to play? The papers like the headlines.
I take nothing away from the lad he must of been frightened.
As for the above comments about "Proud to be British" brigade, I am "Proud to be British" this is not an excuse to blame anyone. As for the problem with the home grown layabouts the reason that the layabout is because people like you are happy for wages to be so low that there is nothing to be gained in life by working for the M Wage. When decent wages are paid i e you can live without the help of others buy food clothes pay rent rates travel to and from work ect.
I kind of agree with some of this. When you get into an argument, you tend to dredge up things to use as insult. In this case, this looks like a "mugging with insults" rather than a "race attack" (as in an attack motivated by race and race alone). I could be wrong, of course, and i wasn't there. And you are right, the race card is getting played too much.
The punishment for the criminals who attacked this young man should be harsh, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality.
I also have to say i think its sad that the businessman has offered to put up a £200 reward for information. It's very generous of him, but anybody who comes forward because there is money involved really needs to examine their conscience. Next time, it could be your son/daughter.
[quote][p][bold]smilealoft44[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately racism is getting worse in this country, partly due to some of the 'Proud To Be British' brigade who use that as an excuse to blame anybody who is 'not British' for all of our problems.The biggest problem in this country is our own home grown work shy layabouts! Well done to Kenny for being brave enough to speak up about it.[/p][/quote]Where is the evidence this was a racist attack? Maybe they were trying to pinch his bike. Why when something like this happens the racism card comes in to play? The papers like the headlines. I take nothing away from the lad he must of been frightened. As for the above comments about "Proud to be British" brigade, I am "Proud to be British" this is not an excuse to blame anyone. As for the problem with the home grown layabouts the reason that the layabout is because people like you are happy for wages to be so low that there is nothing to be gained in life by working for the M Wage. When decent wages are paid i e you can live without the help of others buy food clothes pay rent rates travel to and from work ect.[/p][/quote]I kind of agree with some of this. When you get into an argument, you tend to dredge up things to use as insult. In this case, this looks like a "mugging with insults" rather than a "race attack" (as in an attack motivated by race and race alone). I could be wrong, of course, and i wasn't there. And you are right, the race card is getting played too much. The punishment for the criminals who attacked this young man should be harsh, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality. I also have to say i think its sad that the businessman has offered to put up a £200 reward for information. It's very generous of him, but anybody who comes forward because there is money involved really needs to examine their conscience. Next time, it could be your son/daughter. JamesYoung

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