royal anglian regiment protesters house attacked

Parade protester's home vandalised
An anti-war protester who abused British soldiers on a homecoming parade has been given 'police protection' after his house was attacked.

Officers in a panda car were stationed outside the home of Yousaf Bashir - who was part of a gang that protested against 200 members of the Royal Anglian Regiment as they marched through Luton last Tuesday.

The fanatics caused outrage among Luton residents who had assembled in their hundreds to show support for the troops.

Mr Bashir and his associates yelled insults and waved placards which included accusing the soldiers of being: 'The Butchers of Basra', 'Criminals, Murderers Terrorists' and 'Baby Killers.'

When the crowd turned on the protesters two lines of police were deployed to protect them.

On Friday night the semi-detached home Mr Bashir shares with his parents in the Putteridge area of Luton was attacked.

Two downstairs windows and the glass in the front door were smashed, along with the rear windows of two parked cars in the driveway.

A CCTV camera has been installed on the property and police have been on duty outside.

In a show of solidarity with the soldiers, some of Mr Bashir's neighbours decorated their home with Union flags.

One neighbour a software developer, said: "I am appalled. He has called on the police to protect him after what he has done.

"My shed was broken into and a motorbike was stolen but the police did not come out for that." Another neighbour said: "He is supposed to hate this country but is calling on it to protect him.

"He gets his own policeman and CCTV camera."

When a reporter knocked at the door of Mr Bashir yesterday the man who answered refused to comment.

A police spokesman said: "The police presence was there to reassure members of the community.

"It was not for the protection of a single individual."