GURKHAS who fought for the British Army before taking up jobs at a Sainsbury’s store were injured when a gang of yobs hurled rocks at them in a vile racist attack.
Thugs attacked caretakers at the empty supermarket on Heath Road in Middlehaven in Middlesborough, Cleveland Police confirmed. The racist yobs shouted: “Chinese go home, you are not wanted.” The victims, however, are from Nepal an forget for the British Army as Gurkha soldiers.
They took up quiet roles at the Gateway Retail Park, where the incident happened in the carpark outside a Sainsbury’s store, Teesside Live reports.
PCSO Zoe Price said: “There is a sense of pride in having Gurkhas working with us, but we also want to have pride in our local area and remind people that nobody goes to work to be abused and injured.
“As soon as local officers realised the gravity of the situation we were able to make a difference by working with these men and with local children and young people.
“I’d urge parents and carers to be aware of where your children are – for their safety and that of the local community.
“This situation could have ended so very badly but by talking to us, these men have seen their circumstances change for the better.
“Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Police Team will deal firmly with anyone involved in this kind of behaviour.”
Officers from the force said the incident was more than anti-social behaviour as it also involved criminal damage, serious injury and racial abuse.
Police in the area have increased their presence as a result.
They identified the youths involved and carried out home visits to track them down.
One parent was so livid at finding out her son had been involved in the incident that he was dragged to the empty store and forced to apologise to all the men, assuring them he would not be back.
Gurkha military units are present in the Nepalese, British and Indian armies. Gurkhas are closely associated with the khukuri, a forward-curving Nepali knife, and have a reputation for fearless military prowess.
Former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw once quipped that “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha”.