A FAMILY have told of their shock after their home was attacked by a gang of racist youths.
A group of around six youngsters gathered outside the home of Sagheer and Rose Khan, in Zetland Drive, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, and vandalised their van and front door.
The youths, believed to be aged between 14 and 16, repeatedly kicked their Mercedes Vito van, causing several large dents, and cracked their home’s door panels.
They then hurled racial abuse at the family, who have now been left with a repair bill of more than £3,000.
Mrs Khan was in the house with her two teenage children when the incident took place at around 9.30pm last Friday.
She said: “I was upstairs pottering around, doing bits and pieces, when I heard all the commotion outside. There was a group of youngsters kicking our van. They made several big dents on the vehicle, and then all this banging and kicking started on our front door.
“I went out to see what was happening and these kids just started racially abusing us. There were around six of them, one of them was a girl. Their language was horrendous. They used swear words and offensive racist words.
“My 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter were inside at the time. They also saw what happened. It was shocking.”
Mrs Khan has been married to Mr Khan, originally from Pakistan, for nearly 20 years. The couple run the H&S store in Hadrian Park, Wallsend.
She added: “We have had a couple of incidents of racial abuse in the past but it has been limited to verbal comments. We have never experienced anything on this scale.
“It made us feel very angry. I put it down to ignorance.
“We live in a nice area, but there have been problems with under-age drinking at the nearby Foxhunters playing fields for the past couple of years.
This incident may have been an extension of that.”
Police are investigating the offence and any witnesses are urged to contact officers as soon as possible.
Chief Insp Mandy Shea, of North Tyneside area command, said: “We take all incidents of a racist nature extremely seriously and have been taking a number of steps to deal with this family’s concerns.
“Extra high visibility patrols have been carried out in the area and inquiries are ongoing to find those responsible.”