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Last Updated: Friday, 5 August 2005, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Racist abuse for bomb loss family
Benedetta Ciaccia
Benedetta Ciaccia's future brother-in-law was abused in the street
A Muslim family that lost a loved one in the London bomb attacks have become victims of racial abuse, police said.

Fiaz Bhatti, 29, of Norwich, lost his fiancee, Italian Benedetta Ciaccia, 30, in one of the 7 July blasts.

His brother has been the target of racist abuse and was accused of being "like one of the bombers" as he walked near his father's shop in Norwich.

On Friday their father Mahmood said his 25-year-old son, Imran, had returned home very upset by the taunts.

"We called the police straight away," Mr Bhatti said.

Fiaz Bhatti
Fiaz Bhatti's brother was subjected to anti-Muslim taunts

Norfolk Police confirmed they were treating the incident as a racially-motivated.

Investigating officer Pc Sophie Nicholas said: "The abuse was very distressing for the victim and was caused by ignorance and prejudice.

"This kind of abuse will not be tolerated in Norwich and investigations are continuing to find the person responsible."

Miss Ciaccia worked in London as a business analyst and was on her way to work when she was caught in the Aldgate blast.

She and Mr Bhatti, who spent days scouring the streets of London looking for her after the bombings, had been due to marry in September.


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