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article imageRacist attack on 12-year-old strikes Edinburgh

By Darren Brown     Mar 20, 2012 in Crime
Edinburgh - A gang of girls between the ages of 12 and 16 took turns to kick a young Asian girl in the head, reports Deadline News Agency.
Alisha Khan from Edinburgh has spoken of the attack, that happened in broad daylight, and claimed that she was left with double vision and nearly stumbled onto a busy road.
Alisha was left hospitalized after the attack on Sunday evening and has her arm in a sling.
She has told police that the ordeal and abuse began on her Facebook page, when the group of girls told her she was a "P*** B****".
She added: “I think there might have been five or six of them but I couldn’t see when I was on the ground. I had my hands over my head as they kicked me. One of them also banged my head against a wall. Some guy came along and pulled me up. When I stood up I had double vision. I started running and I didn’t know where I was going so I ran on the road. Other people grabbed me and threw me on to the pavement to miss the cars.”
Claire Kirkland, 67, was an eye-witness who saw the attack whilst she was walking her dog.
She said: “It was absolutely disgusting. There must have been ten girls, each taking turns kicking the girl in the head. She had tried to run away but they ran after her and caught her by the hair and knocked her to the ground."
“The girls were all screaming and shouting as they did it.”
Lothian and Borders police are investigating the attack and are urging any witness' to come forward.
A police-spokesman said: “Our officers are following a positive line of inquiry. In the meantime, anyone who may have witnessed the assault should come forward.”
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