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Community's shock over killing
Police on patrol in Pollokshields
Police presence in the area has been stepped up
A Glasgow community is said to be "in shock" after the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was abducted by a gang.

Kriss Donald was snatched near his home in the Pollokshields area of the city on Monday.

Five men, said by police to be of Asian appearance, forced him into a silver Mercedes or BMW car in Kenmure Street shortly after 1500 GMT on Monday.

His badly beaten body was later found in the city's east end.

Detectives have yet to establish a motive and said it was too early to say if the killing was racially motivated.

Last September there were reports of tensions in the area on the city's south side.

White and Asian youths were said to have clashed in the area, while the son of a local religious leader was badly beaten in an attack.

Community meetings

At the time police blamed the incidents on "youth disorder" rather than a race problem.

Local MP Mohammed Sarwar acknowledged that there had been problems in the area six months ago.

He said that the community got together for meetings and police had stepped up their presence.

I do not see this as any different to a murder or death in any other community
Gordon Jackson
Local MSP
"The situation was calm, but unfortunately this has happened unexpectedly," he said.

His Labour Party colleague Gordon Jackson, MSP for the area, said young men got into "bother" from time to time in every city.

"What I do not want to do is put down young men's behaviour to a race problem," he said.

He refuted suggestions that there were any more problems in Pollokshields than in other communities.

And he warned of the dangers of speculation that there was a racial motive to the incident in an area with a "substantial" Asian population.

Kris Donald
Kriss was walking with a friend who managed to flee
"I am horrified that all of a sudden people want to suggest that is what it is about and that is a problem," he said.

"Frankly, it just creates a problem that was not here in the first place."

Mr Sarwar said he has represented the area for more than a decade.

He said: "There were problems in the past, but one thing is certain, there are only a few people, who I believe are thugs, causing a disturbance and trouble in this area, and police are well aware of these people."

He said communities in Pollokshields and the rest of Glasgow were united to catch the killers.

Local community leader Hanif Rajah told BBC Scotland he did not believe it was a racist crime.

Mr Ranjah, of the Pakistan Forum Scotland, said: "I think the trouble at large in the south side has been consistent for many years and is a gang fight among youths.

"It is not a racially motivated killing."




SEE ALSO:
Clues sought in schoolboy murder
17 Mar 04  |  Scotland
Body of abducted boy found
16 Mar 04  |  Scotland


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