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'Racist thug' detained for attack
James Peters
James Peters had shown "no mercy", the judge said
A racist man who attacked three Asian schoolboys after they were chased by a gang behaving like a "pack of wolves" has been detained for 16 months.

James Peters, 18, was part of a gang of up to 100 who chased and attacked the children, aged 11 and 14, as they played near an Oldham school.

Two of their victims were beaten unconscious during the attack.

District Judge Alan Berg, at Rochdale Youth Court, lifted an order banning Peters from being named.

He condemned the "unbridled racist thuggery" and said that Peters had shown "no mercy".

Raza Ali
Raza Ali said he thought he was going to die during the attack

He added: "You behaved like a pack of wolves; seeking, stalking and chasing your prey."

Peters, who was 17 when he carried out the assaults, was convicted of racially aggravated violence earlier this month.

He fled court during a break in court proceedings and was arrested at his home in Angelico Rise, Oldham, after a warrant was issued.

Raza Ali and Adal Nabeel, who were 11 at the time, and 14-year-old Raza Shan were playing football close to Counthill School shortly before the attack on 17 September last year.

Raza, now aged 12, told the BBC he thought he was going to die during the attack and still suffers flashbacks.

Victim Raza Ali, who was 11 at the time, speaks about the attack

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