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Anuj Bidve murder: public sector made Kiaran Stapleton do it?

by | 1st, January 2012

ANUJ Bidve is dead. Kiaran Stapleton, from Ordsall, been charged with his murder. Kiaran Stapleton is 20.

THE Daily Telegraph’s interview with Anuj Bive’s family (full story here ) is layered in a political nuance. We do not know why Anuj Bidve was murdered in Salford. The police have said racism was a possible cause without offering a hint as to why race played any part.

The Telegraph , however, is concerned with class:

Nehal Sonawane sits on the bed of the neat little middle-class house in the Indian city of Pune, waiting anxiously for news from England of the investigation into the murder of her little brother Anuj.

They are little Indian-landers.

The anger of a grieving family is understandable, but the temptation to generalise from a single, horrific case should be avoided. Though detectives are treating Anuj’s murder as a racially-motivated “hate crime,” they admit there is “no evidence” that it actually was. The designation appears to have been made as much to protect the police from charges of racism as for any other reason.

As we’ve said, the police did not say it was a racially motivated hate crime. The police said it was hate crime not racially motivated.

The paper’s Andrew Gilligan writes:

It is the randomness, rather than any potential race aspect, which is scariest. In the space of a few minutes, the young students had wandered, without knowing, from the sanitised Costa Coffee-land of Salford Quays – with its Lowry museum, its budget hotels and its huge new BBC studios – into a small patch of streets, which is in the worst 1 per cent of any area in the country for crime.

The Telegraph is no fan of the BBC and somehow manages to shoehorn it into the explanation as to why a man murdered Anuj Bidve. And it’s an explanation that panders to the Telegraph’s prejudices:

For statistical purposes, England is divided into 32,500 “lower level super output areas” – each roughly a third to a fifth of a council ward. In 2010, for crime, Salford 028D, the one where the killing took place, was ranked 167th from bottom.

Why’s that then?

…what the killing does highlight, perhaps, is how sharp are the boundaries between safety and danger, haves and have-nots – and how years of inept “regeneration” has actually increased the divisions within inner-city communities.

Yep. Anuj Bidve was murdered because the unknown killer is a have not.

As readers Mic writes:

I had to groan inwardly at one of the comments on the Torygraph page suggesting that ending benefits was the only obvious way to end violent murders in the UK. Tosser!

Can Gilligan produce some advocacy research to support his theory? Gilligan has decided that poverty is a threat to everyone’s lives, even Indian students walking through Manchester on their way  to the Boxing Day sales. Can he find some evidence to confirm his prejudice? can he do as the Guardian did with its laughable Reading The Riot Act in which mainly self-declared rioters who talk with social researchers confirmed the paper’s ideas that the riots were fed by a hatred of the police, poverty and the Tory education policies?

Gilligan writes:

Salford is perhaps Britain’s best example of how shiny new developers’ spaceships can be plonked down in the middle of a very deprived area, swallowing enormous amounts of public money, but without making much difference to the people who live there already.

Got that bit about public money not helping the locals?

Over the past 10 years at Salford Quays, in the western half of Ordsall, thousands of production-line “luxury apartments” have sprung up along the old docks. There is also “MediaCityUK,” the new northern home of the BBC, a structure awarded Building Design magazine’s “Carbuncle Cup” as Britain’s ugliest new development.

That’s a second mention for the BBC in conjunction with the murder of a 23-year-old Indian man.

Although many of the new flats are empty – Ordsall ward has the highest number of vacant properties in the whole city – many are occupied. Thousands of staff will eventually work at MediaCity.

And those staff will all comes from outside the area? (And that’s three mentions for the Beeb. Keep count.)

The trouble, however, is that few of these new jobs or homes have gone, or will go, to anyone from Salford.

No, not a fact. An opinion.

Salford City Council says:

During the last decade, massive investment, more jobs, greater economic prosperity, improved environment quality and lower crime levels are changing the perception and image of the city for the better. More people are now choosing Salford as a place to live, work, invest, visit and study than ever before.

Oh, do go on:

Since May 2006, when LPC Living and Salford City Council signed the Ordsall Development Framework, the regeneration of the area has developed at an astounding rate. Over 580 new homes are already built or under construction. A new primary school has been built and a new supermarket, hotel, retail units and residential properties are under construction at the Radclyffe site. Investment in new and improved open space is also underway.

The Development Framework

Our partnership work in Ordsall is based on a Development Framework, prepared by architects BPTW in consultation with local residents, and endorsed by both Ordsall and Langworthy Community Committee and the council in 2004.

The framework is not intended to be a blueprint for the development of any particular site but proposes a number of environmental and infrastructure improvements that would benefit the estate, identifies sites suitable for redevelopment, sets out key principles to guide development and illustrates possible building footprints.

Impact on council stock

There is no intention to demolish good, existing housing stock as part of the proposals.


The Ordsall neighbourhood itself is also undergoing a period of great change. Construction work is underway on the MediaCityUK Oasis Academy on Trafford Road, a new built for purpose high school within the wider MediaCityUK area. The academy will be host to 900 pupils from the ages 11 to 16, with a 250 place post-16 provision and will begin operation from September 2012. The school’s curriculum programme will capitalise upon its close proximity to MediaCityUK and its presence of world-class expertise in broadcasting and digital media from the BBC, the University of Salford and other key tenants. The academy will feature radio and TV studios, production offices and other facilities in addition to provision for science, technology, sport and the arts alongside all other subjects in the National Curriculum.

So. Things are getting better? Sounds like it. The new school is called get this Primrose Hill School, a name to make the newly arrived media types forced to relocate from London to feel that they really are in a place where the magic of celebrity happens. Also, good houses will not be demolished, meaning those living in them have no need for a spanking new flat.

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