Anorak | Croydon car wash crash horror: let’s blame the victims

Croydon car wash crash horror: let’s blame the victims

by | 27th, February 2017

Can the story of the ‘suspected drunk driver’ who ploughed into five people at a car wash be turned into an immigration issue? In the Daily Mail it can, yes. In the very first line of the horror near Catford bus garage in Bellingham, south-east London, the paper makes the victims’ nationality known and key to the story:

‘A suspected drunk driver smashed into five Romanian workers following an alleged row as they washed his car.’

Why tell us the ‘bloodied  victims’ nationalities but not that of the alleged criminal?

The Sun does the same in its headline:

‘Suspected drink-driver ‘deliberately mowed down Romanian car wash workers leaving man, 25, critical and four others injured after rowing with them moments earlier’’


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The Croydon Advertiser is less concerned with the victims’ place of birth. ‘Driver questioned after car hits five outside car wash,” runs its headline.

The paper quotes the police, who say the injured people were ‘pedestrians’. ‘Detectives continue to investigate following a collision in Lewisham which left a number of pedestrians requiring hospital treatment,’ says the Met’s report.

Romanian workers or pedestrians?

The Mail says a man aged 25 is ‘fighting for his life’. Two others are  in a ‘serious condition’. Two more suffered injuries to their feet and legs. The alleged drunk driver is said to have got out of the

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