At the #WeStandTogether Gathering against hate crime gathering on 11 April organised by the Council at Croydon Voluntary Action politicians and others emphasised that in their view the attack on the Kurdsh-Iranian teenager Reker Ahmed is Not Croydon.
See the Council press release.
But it is – there are two Croydons, the one of their conception and the Other Croydon.
This Other Croydon is marked by an increased use of violence, of rape, of knives and guns, and a range of illegal activities which show there are many residents and business people who lack empathy, avoid their responsibilities and are quite prepared to exploit and damage others.
Here are some recent examples reported in the local papers.