Seven charged over Croydon attack on teenage asylum seeker

Seven people have been charged in connection with an attack on a teenage asylum seeker who was left unconscious on a street in Croydon, southeast London.

Five people were charged earlier and another two people have been charged this evening.

A total of 16 people are being held over the attack.

The victim, aged 17, and two friends are believed to have been waiting at a bus stop in Shrublands Avenue, near The Goat pub, at about 11.40pm on Friday when they were approached by a group of people.

The teenager, who is Kurdish Iranian, was subjected to what is being called a hate crime.

He was left with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain but is said to be "starting to make a recovery" in hospital. His two friends managed to escape with minor injuries.

Detectives investigating the assault believe between 20 to 30 people were involved.

Daryl Davis, 20, Danyelle Davis, 24, Barry Potts, 20, George Walder, 20, and Jack Walder, 24 - all from Croydon - are charged with violent disorder.

Additionally, George Walder is charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.

Theresa May has condemned the "absolutely despicable" attack and said she hoped people with information would contact police.

:: Anyone with information should call Croydon CID on 020 3276 2234 or 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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