After officially recognizing the attacks against metal, goth, emo and punk fans as hate crime, Manchester police has successfully carried out their first arrest under the new category.
After assaulting a 16-year-old emo teenager this Monday, a 44-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were arrested and subsequently released on bail until May 7, The Guardian reports. The attack has been categorized as alternative subculture hate crime and is currently awaiting further investigation.
"Officers will be reviewing CCTV and speaking to witnesses in order to investigate this attack thoroughly ... the fact we were able to identify this as a hate crime is very positive. Just last Thursday we announced that we will now record alternative subculture as a hate motivation. We hope this encourages victims to continue to come forward so we can take positive action against offenders," said the Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan.
The new act came to power following the murder of 20-year-old goth fan Sophie Lancaster in 2007 after she was attacked and severely beaten while walking through the park with her boyfriend. Sophie's mother Sylvia gave the latest decision her full support saying that "it's a validation of the work undertaken in the past five years."
Sophie's attackers were arrested and sentenced in 2008 with the judge recognizing their acts as a hate crime. In a recent debate we held, most of the UG community also condemned such crimes, giving various comments and opinions on the topic.