Leicester, we are told, is a vibrant, diverse city, a very model of happy multiculturalism where all races and creeds gets along famously. You can see the hippy-rainbow hanging over the city, enclosing us with enriched blessings.
However, that pretty vision was smashed, along with plate glass windows showering some customers eating their halal curries, on January 17th 2013. A mob of around 40 enraged Sikhs descended on a Muslim restaurant after hearing that occupants there had held one of their 16 year old girls and was hiring her out for prostitution. The aftermath is described here, in the Leicester Mercury
Leicester police insisted that the rumours were not true, and of course rushed to reassure the "communities".
Three men ended up in hospital, and seven men, all from Derby were arrested. The trial of the seven Sikh 'vigilantes' took place on April 27th; the Court heard that the men were all of good character and they were each sentenced to two years prison, as reported in the Leicester Mercury
That seemed to be the end of the matter; remember, the police had dismissed the rumours that had set the Sikhs off in the first place. So it probably came as a surprise this week to read that three Muslims are being tried at Leicester Crown Court for various offences concerning a juvenile. The jury were told that three more men had pleaded guilty to counts involving the same girl, who is described as vulnerable and emotionally damaged. From the Leicester Mercury:
In her statement, the girl says that she believes other daughters of Sikhs may be in the same predicament.
What a sorry tale, and one that we have become used to in the case of Muslims and white British children. But as with those outrages of many years standing, the authorities tried to brush it away to the populace at large as 'unfounded rumours'.
It possibly won't be the last time that Leicester police will have egg on their faces. I predict. Watch this space...