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‘I called the police for help and was arrested’

UNFAIR: Mame Kamara says he is struggling to support his children since he lost his jobs

A SECURITY guard who claims he was racially abused by a couple in the nightclub where he worked has accused the police of treating him unfairly after they arrested and charged him for his involvement in a Northampton club brawl.

According to Mame Kamara, he was called a “fxxxking nxxxer” while working as a doorman at The Cordwainer in Northampton, after he refused a couple entrance.

“The woman appeared to be intoxicated and I informed her that I could not allow her in because of club rules. She then asked to speak to a manager. When I told her he was not available, she called me a fxxking nxxxxr,” Kamara explained.

He added: “I told her that I had heard that name before and was not affected by her insult, then her partner also called me the name and spat in my face. At that point I pushed him away from me.”

Kamara claimed that a brawl broke out after his colleagues and the couple’s friends got involved.

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He said: “At this point I called the police for help, but when they arrived the officer who interviewed me said she could not understand my English, so they spoke to the other group instead.”

The 40-year-old from Dunston, Northampton, told The Voice that the man who spat at him was put in the police van and then released. But on April 19 he received a call from the police and they came to his workplace and arrested him. 

“I explained to them what had happened and they said they will consider whether or not to charge me. On May 15 they did charge me for assault by beating.”

Being charged meant that the father-of-two lost his security licence and his job at the club and another at Marks and Spencer. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has since decided to drop all charges against Kamara, who is now working part-time as a carer.

Without a licence he says he is struggling to find employment to support his children.

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Kamara, who is originally from Senegal, said: “The CPS is supposed to write to the Security Industry Authority so I could get my licence back, but I have lost so much in the last months.

“And I am not just referring to the loss of earnings. My reputation, my general wellbeing, my whole life has been affected and I am finding it very difficult to deal with.” 

He added: “Someone racially abused me and the police seemed not to care. It appeared that to them it was no big deal. I think they should be made to take responsibility for what they have done to me.”

Northamptonshire Police confirmed that the charges have been dropped but declined to comment further.

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