Reverend Assaulted After Discussions with Muslims

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: March 30, 2009

A Christian minister was brutally attacked in London by three men who ripped off his cross, stole his Bible and threatened to break his legs. Metropolitan Police treated the case as a ‘faith hate’ assault.

The Reverend Noble Samuel, who presents a Christian television show, said he had been challenged by Muslims phoning in during the weeks leading up to the attack. Revd Samuel was driving to the TV studio when a car pulled up in front of him and a man approached him to ask directions in Urdu. The man and two accomplices then attacked him. Revd Samuel said: “He put his hand into my window, which was half open, and grabbed my hair and opened the door. He started slapping my face and punching my neck. He was trying to smash my head on the steering wheel. Then he grabbed my cross and pulled it off and it fell on the floor. He was swearing. The other two men came from the car and took my laptop and Bible”. Revd Samuel, who was educated by Christian missionaries in Pakistan and moved to the UK 15 years ago, said he, his wife Louisa, and his son Naveed, 19, now fear for their safety. The police have now given the family panic alarms and Revd Samuel described himself as “frightened and depressed”. Sources: