(Classic Rock) Attacks against fans of metal, goth, emo and punk music are to be listed as hate crimes by Manchester police, following a campaign by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Sophie was murdered in a vicious assault in 2007 at the age of 20. A gang of thugs attacked her and boyfriend Robert Maltby – just because they were wearing goth clothes. Two of the thugs were sentenced to life in jail while three others were convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Since then the foundation created in her memory has fought to bring attention to attacks against people who happen to enjoy heavy or dark music.
Now Greater Manchester Police's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan says: "People who wish to express their alternative subculture identity should not have to tolerate hate crime." more on this story