Taunts drive Indian family out of town

AN Indian businessman says he is being forced to sell his house and move out of Portishead after suffering racial abuse at the hands of yobs

AN Indian businessman says he is being forced to sell his house and move out of Portishead after suffering racial abuse at the hands of yobs.Indravadan Patel claims that after just five months of living in the town he has put his house at Beach Road West on the market to escape the teenage tearaways taunting him and his family.Mr Patel, who moved into the property in November with his wife Urmila and three children, has lived in England for nearly 30 years and says this is the first time he has encountered such racial abuse.Mr Patel, aged 49, said: "The problems have been occurring on Friday nights when gangs of youths gather outside the house and start swearing and shouting."On one occasion I was pushed by one of the youths who called me a Paki, as well as other unpleasant names, and told me to go home to my own country."Beer cans have also been chucked at my window which is not nice for me and my family when we are sat inside the house."I have lived in England for 27 years and have never encountered racial abuse until I came to Portishead."Mr Patel said his son had also been shouted at by the gangs.He added: "We had some rubbish to be collected and they put it on top of my son's car."My car has also been damaged and my son and I have also been the subject to racial abuse while using the nearby cricket nets."Mr Patel says he enjoys living in Portishead and has made friends with many of his neighbours during his time in the town.He added: "We have been forced to sell our home as we cannot live with this any longer."When we moved to Portishead, my brothers and sisters visited and said what a lovely home we have."We are not the sort of people who look for trouble and have made friends with the neighbours and thought Portishead was somewhere we could settle."It is such a shame we are now having to move."The complaints of racist behaviour have been reported to police who have stepped up patrols in the area as a result.A 20-year-old man has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and will appear in court at a later date.Beat officer PC Simon Tamilia, whose beat covers the Lake Grounds, said: "This man has lived in England for a number of years and raised his family here and has never been subjected to this type of abuse."We have upped the patrols of the area as a result."We are not going to tolerate this sort of racist behaviour - it is totally unacceptable.


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