Edinburgh: headscarves torn off two Muslim women

Hijab headscarves were torn off two Muslim women during one of a spate of racist attacks in Edinburgh by children as young as eight, police said yesterday.

The women, in their early 20s, are said to have been “traumatised” by the incident which happened last week, in which two children hurled racial abuse at them before ripping off the hijabs. The culprits are believed to be aged eight and 14.

There has been a recent spike in hate crimes against Polish and Muslim residents at Wester Hailes Park in Edinburgh.

Area police inspector Stevie Dolan branded the incidents “unacceptable” and vowed to trace the children responsible.

Scotsman, 7 May 2013