Girls aged 11 and 12 racially abused in Sheffield park

Mount Pleasent Park in Sheffield

Mount Pleasent Park in Sheffield

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A police appeal has been launched after three 11 and 12-year-old girls were racially abused in a Sheffield park.

The three victims were ‘racially verbally assaulted’ by three young girls in Mount Pleasant Park, Nether Edge, between 6.50 and 7.10pm on July 14.

Police said two of the three white victims have been interviewed and enquiries are ongoing.

Nether Edge councillor Nikki Bond said the incident was a one-off and the area was well known for its diversity and tolerance.

“I’m pleased that they have taken the decision to go to the police,” she said..

“It’s really important that people go to the police for these sorts of incidents, so that they can act.

“I don’t think there is a race issue in Nether Edge.

“There is a hardcore of young people who are causing problems, but Nether Edge has been known for quite a long time for its diversity, which is one of its selling points – the fact that it is a culturally diverse area, and that people in the area get on with each other.”

A meeting is set to be held at the Broadfield Pub on Abbeydale Road at 7.15pm on Monday, September 14,to discuss issues in the area after some residents reported being abused in the street and having stones thrown at them.

Coun Bond added: “Abbeydale is a nice place to live, and we don’t want these anti-social behaviour incidents to overshadow that the diverse community, in the main, gets on really well.

“We do hear about one or two incidents in the area, but they are usually directed at adults.

“It’s unusual for it to involve children.

“Young people are influenced by adults – whether they have heard that language from other people, I don’t know.”

n Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 1090 of July 14.

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