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July 7 Survivor Daniel Biddle’s Experience Of Disability Hate Crime

October 16, 2015

Being called “lazy and disrespectful” during a visit to the local tip isn’t the worst thing that’s happened to Daniel Biddle.

Ten years ago he lost both legs, an eye and his spleen during the horrific 7/7 London suicide bomb attacks that shocked the world.

 He has also been left deaf in one ear.

But when he didn’t get out of the car to help his wife off-load their rubbish at the tip recently, he became the victim of very different kind of attack, from an abusive woman branding him “lazy”.

Abuse ‘all too common’

According to Daniel, from Abergavenny , such casual abuse is all too common, and just one example of disability hate crime.

“I was at the local tip disposing of some rubbish with my wife,” he said.

“Because of the layout of the tip it was difficult for me to get out of the car and do anything to help.

“So, my wife got out of the car and started emptying the rubbish on her own. 

“As she was doing this, we started receiving abuse from a woman who was calling me ‘lazy’ and ‘disrespectful to women’.

“It reached the point where my wife got my wheelchair out of the car to show her that I was disabled.

Woman’s tirade of abuse

“However, we continued to receive a tirade of abuse from this woman.

“I honestly think people look at disability in a negative light pretty much 90% of the time.”

Official statistics released by the Home Office earlier this week show disability hate crime rose by over a third in Wales last year.

The number of hate crimes motivated by disability recorded by the four Welsh police forces jumped from 150 in 2013-14 to 202 in 2014-15.

Officials say the jump indicates improved recording practices and that victims have more confidence to report crimes to the police and partner agencies.

7/7 bomb saw Daniel go under the train

Daniel was 26 when he stood next to Mohammad Sidique Khan, who blew up the London tube train on which he was travelling on.

The first of four bombs, which killed 56 people that day, flung Daniel through the doors and under the train.

He suffered three cardiac arrests as doctors battled to save him and was treated for a collapsed lung, multiple internal injuries and MRSA.

He also suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

On Friday he will share his personal experiences at a Disability Hate Crime Awareness Event in Cwmbran.

Under-reported crime

“Disability hate crime is under-reported and that’s why I’m pleased to support this event,” he said.

Around 60 people ranging from professionals from the Crown Prosecution Service; police officers and police staff; disabled people and representatives from leading disability organisations are expected to attend the summit, being hosted by Gwent Police at the Parkway Hotel. 

“For me, this event is all about harnessing the relationship between the police and the disabled community and instilling confidence in people from the disabled community to report these crimes in the first place,” added Daniel.

“It’s also about educating the police on how they should be handling these crimes.”

Disability hate crime remains a priority

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: “This event is all about raising awareness and ensuring disability hate crime remains a priority.

“There has been an increase in recorded disability hate crimes in Gwent and I believe this is a direct result of victims having the confidence to report these crimes to the police and partner agencies.

“However, we recognise there is still more work to be done as disability hate crime still only accounts for 5% of the total reported hate crimes across England and Wales.

“We know anecdotally that disabled people’s experiences would suggest hate incidents and crimes are part of many individuals’ daily experience.

“This event is all about raising awareness and highlighting our unified commitment to improve our response to disability hate crime.”

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