What took place on Friday night in Croydon is an awful attack, not just on Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker but also on tolerance, unity in diversity, goodwill and friendship between people of different backgrounds and faiths – all the values that make London and Britain unique.

What troubled us most is the suggestion that a mob gathered and watched the 17-year-old being assaulted.

If that was the case, then the local community, and we as a society, need to reflect on how much we are failing our neighbours, who have fled violence and come to Britain in search of security, just to find violence at their doorstep.

We have a Christian duty to protect asylum seeker and refugees.

Over and over again, the Bible commands us to “love thy neighbour”, to empower the powerless, to feed the hungry, and that emphasis on generosity and self-sacrificial love extends to how we are to treat the alien and foreigner among us. Watching foreigners suffer and not intervene is exactly what Jesus warned Christians not to do in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan went outside of his comfort zone, bandaged the wounds of someone who was culturally and religiously different to him, took care of him and brought him to a safe haven. So as the body of Christ let’s recognise this responsibility, get praying, and consider how we can practically respond to our neighbours in need.