A 13-YEAR-old girl had her fingernails ripped off in an allegedly racist attack by a group of girls at a funfair.
The teen, who was one of several in a group of black and dual heritage girls, claims a group of older white girls followed them and called her the ‘n-word’.
After a row broke out, the teen says the older girls “jumped them” and started attacking them at Funderworld in Bristol on Saturday.
She was left “bleeding badly” when all of the acrylic nails she was wearing were ripped off, her mum Lindsay Dunn said.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and help with their investigation into the alleged race hate crime.
A spokesperson for Funderworld said they were aware of the “altercation”.
Ms Dunn claims the violence erupted after her daughter and her friends started singing along to music on one of the rides.
She said: “A group of older white girls told them to stop singing and be quiet.
When they got off the ride, this group followed them off and began calling them the n-word, and giving them racist abuse.
“The initial part of this incident was racially motivated, and that rings alarm bells with me.
“My daughter and her friends were upset and angry at this and argued back, and then the group of older girls jumped them, and started attacking them.
“I’m told people around intervened and the security got there.
“My daughter suffered serious injuries – basically she was wearing acrylic nails and they were all ripped off in the attack. She was left bleeding badly.”
Her daughter was taken to the first aid room and police were called.
But Ms Dunn says that before police got there, the group of alleged attackers were led off the premises and walked away.
“They didn’t take their names when they’ve witnessed a child bleeding and injured, so they knew it was serious. They didn’t call the police to detain the attackers,” she said.
“And my daughter’s friends were also just chucked out onto the road without any concern for their welfare.
‘SHAKING AND DISTRAUGHT’
“They were all shaking and distraught, but it was just ‘get them off-site, brush it under the carpet’.
“When I went to talk to the Funderworld people, I was offered a complimentary ticket.”
A Funderworld spokesperson said: “There was an altercation between two groups of young people which the security staff were called to attend.
“To de-escalate the situation and maintain calm, the two parties were escorted to separate exit points.
“The incident between the two groups appears likely to have been an altercation rather than a race issue, as the alleged assailants were, in fact, a mixed group who comprised of both BME (black and minority ethnic) and white people.”
COPS APPEAL FOR WITNESSES
Bristol’s Lord Mayor Cleo Lake said she takes the matter “extremely seriously” and has requested an investigation.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Constabulary appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of a disturbance at a funfair at Westbury Road on Saturday, at about 8pm.
Two groups of girls were involved in an argument, which led to one of the girls being assaulted.
“The incident is being treated as a potential race hate crime. Police enquiries into the incident are continuing.
“Anyone who saw the incident and has information is asked to contact us quoting 5219080812.”