Police have said a pig’s head and brick which was thrown through the window of an Asian family’s home is being treated as a hate crime.
Shortly before 10pm on Saturday a brick was smashed into the living-room window of an address in Chapel Lane, Oldham.
The animal’s head, which was wrapped in plastic, was then thrown into the lounge shortly after.
Ghazle Kauser and her four children were in the property at the time.
Kauser’s son Hannas, aged 14, and daughter, Zeina, 16, were in the front room when the attack happened at about 10pm on Saturday.
The brick flew just inches from Hannas, who was sat in a chair next to the window watching TV.
Kauser’s husband, Ajaz Mahmood, told Manchester Evening News: “I am not sure whether it is racial or Islamaphobic. My family have been living in this area for 29 years and in this house for 11 years.
“We have never experienced anything like this. It took the police three hours to come out, but I don’t blame them – all the officers are at the Tory conference.
“They have taken the pig’s head away and will do forensics to see if there are any fingerprints from the bag.
“I am not living in a predominantly white area, there a Asian families here too. It could possibly be a case of mistaken identity.
“I was at work when I took a phone call from home and could hear hysterical screaming.
“It was not a nice experience, especially when your family are in the house, and they are vulnerable without me there.
“I’ve never had any trouble in Oldham. The only incident like this I have heard of was when bacon was left outside a mosque down south.
“It’s strange and very disturbing. The kids are absolutely petrified. The glass was smashed first and then the head was thrown in straight afterwards.
Police say the offender got out of the rear passenger seat of a Vauxhall Corsa, containing two other men, and then hurled both objects before he returned to the vehicle when then made off shortly before 10pm on Saturday.
The suspect is described as aged about 18 and wore a black hooded top that was pulled up over his head.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downey, from Oldham CID, said: ‘This was a disgusting act against an innocent family who have lived in this community for years and were enjoying being at home together on a quiet Saturday night.
‘We are treating this appalling incident as a hate crime and are doing everything we can to find those responsible.
‘No-one should be made to feel scared in their own home.
‘The family were extremely shook up by this and we have been out to see them to offer assurance that we will do everything in our power to track the offenders down.’
Anyone with information should call 0161 856 8972 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.