I post this and THEN I will make few comments on it...
A 20-year-old woman believed to have been attacked by a gang of youths because she dressed as a Goth has died from her injuries.Sophie Lancaster was walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Lancashire with her boyfriend in the early hours of August 11 when they were assaulted by five teens.Miss Lancaster was left in a coma with serious head and facial injuries. Her boyfriend Robert Maltby, 21, was also left in a coma but has since recovered.A spokesman for Lancashire Police said Miss Lancaster died in hospital from her injuries at 10.15am today.The couple, both from Bacup, have been described as "Goths" and it is understood they had been targeted in the past because of the way they dressed and looked.Five male youths have been already been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.Police said those charges would now be the subject of a review by detectives and the Crown Prosecution Service.Detective Inspector Dean Holden, who is leading the investigation, said: "It is tragic that this young woman has now died. Our thoughts are obviously with her family."The couple were taken to Rochdale Infirmary before Miss Lancaster was transferred to Fairfield Hospital, Bury, and then Hope Hospital's neurology unit in Salford.A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old have been remanded in custody, while two 15-year-olds and 17-year-old were released on bail.They were all due to appear before Burnley Youth Court on September 27.Mr Maltby, a former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School pupil, had been going out with Miss Lancaster for around three years.He is studying art in Manchester, while she is understood to have been on a gap year.Both were left with heavily swollen faces and bleeding from their ears and noses following the brutal assault which happened in the skate park area between 1.10am and 1.20am.Miss Lancaster was said to have had a piece of flesh missing from her head where her attackers had pulled out her hair.Police urged anyone with information about the attack to contact Rawtenstall CID or Crimestoppers anonymously.Acting assistant chief constable of Lancashire Police, Jerry Graham, said: "This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the senseless loss of a young and vibrant woman. Lancashire Constabulary sends its sincerest condolences to Sophie's family and friends at this difficult time."There are, of course, young people in Lancashire and, as we have seen in recent times, all over the country who are intent on disrupting the lives of law-abiding citizens. In the very worst cases, such as this one, their actions have devastating consequences."Lancashire Constabulary will not tolerate this kind of behaviour, irrespective of the age of the perpetrators, and will take a forceful approach towards tackling it, using all the powers that we have available to the full."He added that care must be taken though not to "demonise" all young people and that there were people of all ages determined to cause trouble."There is a significant proportion of young people who do not engage in this kind of behaviour and are victims themselves," he said."Here in Lancashire, we think it is important not to negatively stereotype all of our young people when this kind of incident occurs."
Let's get the names of the chav scum who did this, the press are largely ignoring this story and you just KNOW the scum involved are most likely going to get out after a few years on good behaviour on either a pathetic GBH or involuntary manslaughter charge for this sickening hate-crime murder.What the fuck are THREE of them doing out on bail and WHY is a clear cut case of murder being "reviewed" on the charges being brought forward? The Polices general attitude to such attacks is "If you look like THAT then you're really bringing it upon yourself"