Probe as bullies hit and insult disabled reveller Mo at Clubland event at Preston Guild Hall

A disabled man who suffers autism says he was bullied, assaulted and racially abused at a music event at Preston Guild Hall.

Thursday, 27th December 2018, 12:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:58 pm
Mo Patel at the event, shortly before the attack

Mo Patel, 51, had travelled to Preston from Nuneaton to take part in the Clubland Event on Boxing Day.

The excited music lover put on his flashing neon glasses and flashing white hat, before partying with other revellers at the event.

But his excitement was brought to a sad end when a group of two women and two men picked on him, pulled off his hat and started hitting him at around 2:45am.

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Mo Patel at the event, shortly before the attack

Mr Patel also claims he tried to get help from security staff - but they threw him out.

The bewildered victim, who suffers from mental health problems, travelled back to the Travelodge in tears in a taxi.

Today he said: "I was very happy and enjoying myself. I was dancing with glow sticks and I was wearing a white woolly hat and flashing light.

"First they pulled my flashing hat off, and when they pulled it the wire stopped working.

"They started hitting me from behind with their hands on my back and kicking me and also pushing me.

"They could tell from my face I am disabled and I am Asian as I turned round and told them to leave me alone. The blonde haired female was pushing me as she wanted to stand at the front next to me and they was no space. The lady with blonde hair told her friend to hit me again.

"Also they were racist towards me.

"When I told one of the staff to get a security guard to help me instead the security guard in a black uniform with black hair kicked me out saying I was causing trouble.

" I went back to the hotel by taxi and I was crying by myself. After that I phoned Lancashire Police to report assault and racism.

"I didn’t get my free gift from Clubland and I want my full money back because of the way I was treated and got beaten up. I am disabled and I have autism and suffer with mental illness.

" I am a soft person and I can’t hit or beat a hard man. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and I was bullied."

The offenders are described as two white men with black hair and two white women - one with black hair and the other with blonde hair.

The incident appears to have been witnessed by another customer at the event who left a comment on Facebook saying: " Disgusting how security treated a man with a disability getting beat up tonight."

The Post has contacted the Guild Hall for a comment.

A police spokesman said uniformed officers were going to attend the scene and start an investigation.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number LC-2018-1227-0187.