Police have questioned three girls aged between 12 and 14 after a racist attack in a Bristol park left two sisters hospitalised.
11-year-old Ocean and 17-year-old Kasmira were violently assaulted by a group of teenagers in St George Park on Friday, July 2.
Ocean, who is registered disabled with ADHD, sustained jaw and neck injuries after being kicked to the floor during the attack.
Her older sister Kasmira had tried to intervene and defend her sister, but was also injured in the attack, as several of the teens involved struck blows to her head and abdomen causing a concussion, as well as other injuries.
Their mum described feeling ‘heartbroken’ and ‘grateful that they are here today.’
Police are continuing their investigations and have interviewed three females, aged 12 and 14, in connection with the incident. A further 12-year-old female is due to attend a police station soon.
Police say they are aware of several other incidents in areas such as Easton, Redfield and St George’s and are ‘keeping an open mind’ as to whether they’re linked.
They said in a statement: “An investigation is continuing into an assault in St George’s Park, Bristol, last week.
“On the evening of Friday 2 July, an 11-year-old was assaulted and she, plus a 17-year-old female who tried to intervene, sustained injuries. It has been reported that racially-aggravated language was heard during this incident.
“Three females, aged between 12 and 14, have attended a police interview. A further 12-year-old female is also due to attend a police station in due course.
“We’re aware of several other incidents in areas including Easton, Redfield and St George’s and are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.
“Officers are conducting extra high-visibility patrols to provide reassurance.
“We continue to urge people not to post footage of incidents on social media and instead provide any videos to the police as an investigation is ongoing.
“Anyone with information about the incidents should call 101 and give reference number 5221151809.