Shocking CCTV footage shows Zimbabwean attacked with bricks and fireworks by terrorists in Scotland

A Zimbabwean refugee living in Springburn was subjected to a horrific attack this week and pelted with lit fireworks and bricks outside his home.

The attack was caught on CCTV installed by the victim himself at the property.

Able Miller, 62, who stood as a member of parliament in his home country, came to Scotland when seeking a safe haven in 2002 after he was shot and burned by political rivals.

But growing resentment against immigrants has seen him come under attack 17 times in recent years.

And in the early hours of Sunday morning, during Guy Fawkes celebrations, a group of teenage yobs, launched the worst attack he has endured so far.

A lit firework is thrown at Able Miller’s house

Able was inside his home with his 13-year-old daughter when a lit firework came hurtling towards his car outside just after midnight.

Able went outside to investigate and saw the thugs on the street corner preparing more fireworks and collecting bricks.

As Able came back towards his home and into shot of the CCTV cameras, he was pelted with lit fireworks, suffering burns to his hands and feet.

The yobs then began hurling bricks at him. As he attempted to ward off one thug with his walking stick more bricks came flying from the opposite direction.

The disturbing footage shows Able recoiling outside his gate as bricks hit him at close range.

The time signature on the footage shows 1.15am but the attack actually took place at 12.15am.

During the attack, Able was also subjected to terrible racial abuse.

Injured Able Miller next to his damaged car in Springbun

Able told Glasgow Live: “When I saw the flash of the first firework, I thought they were going to burn us out.

“I wasn’t going to let that happen. I went out to try and stop them.

“My daughter has Down’s Syndrome and she ran frightened to hide under the bed.

“I’d do anything to protect my children.

“They called me ‘black ba****d’. They said ‘I know this ba****d, he used to drive a bus’.

“It is the parents who incite the children.

“What reason has a child got to hate you?

“The bad behaviour is replicated from someone else.

“The parents are telling them that asylum seekers come here and get everything for free.”

Politician and engineer Able fled Zimbabwe with his wife and two older daughters after he came under attack for his political views in 2002.

Able was originally housed in the Red Road flats and was moved to his current home in 2008. Unable to get work as an engineer in Scotland, he tried several other jobs including driving a bus.

He said: “When I first came here, these were new build houses.

“Most of the people living here are white folk.

“People were asking ‘how the hell did this black ba****d get this house?

“People were really bitter, talking about being on the housing list for 25 years.

“They say refugees are given a house for free, are given a car for free, are given everything for free.

“A lot of them are struggling and they say ‘I was born in this city but he comes here and gets everything’.

“I have worked and my wife works.

“I am not on benefits. I pay rent, I pay council tax. I bought my own cars.”

Sunday’s attack which is being investigated by police and left Able with an injured knee, has led him to consider leaving Scotland altogether.

Although he enjoyed his first 10 years in the country, Able says that since 2012 racial hatred has grown with the arrival of new refugees and that has been compounded by rhetoric surrounding the EU referendum.

Abel Miller, wearing a hi-vis jacket attempts to fight off thug with his walking stick outside his home

Able said: “During the referendum time I would find flyers on my bus from the BNP and UKIP.

“I would think to myself, my passengers are reading this and I’m driving the bus.”

Able was subjected to racist abuse on a number of occasions and eventually gave up his job as a bus driver.

He feels that people will tar all refugees with the same brush and increasing numbers of people entering the country is building up resentment.

Able said: “After 2012 there were a lot refugees coming here from different parts of Africa. There were a lot of people from Somalia and people from Gambia.

“Scotland has had to absorb a lot and that can be difficult.

“There have been problems with so many different cultures mixing.

“If people hear about a refugee messing with little kids, they think we are all like that.

“They will say ‘they are all the same’.

“We have wonderful people here in Scotland. I have have met so many wonderful people I could not fault.

“But now I’m at the point where I think I must go.”

Thug launches brick at Able Miller as he reenters his house

Able is a fourth generation Scot. His great-grandfather was a missionary from Edinburgh who went to South Africa.

The family then returned to Scotland, but his grandfather later returned to Africa and married a black Zimbabwean woman.

When living in Zimbabwe Able was wealthy, but the political situation there makes it impossible for him to return home.

Instead he plans to move to England where he has family.

In a statement released this afternoon, Police Scotland said that an investigation has been launched, led by the local ‘Problem Solving Team for Glasgow North East’.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Stevie Hazlett said: “This was a horrific attack on a family home and a father who came out to protect them.

“It is absolutely essential that we trace the cowardly and despicable individuals responsible as soon as possible because this type of behaviour simply will not be tolerated in our community.

“Officers are following a number of lines of enquiry and I am confident that we will find the group of youths who did this but we need the support of the local community to achieve this.

“If you have any information that could assist with our enquiries, no matter how insignificant it might be, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact officers at Shettleston Police Office via 101.

Glasgow Live

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