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Muslim schoolgirl, 14, is too scared to leave her house after being choked with her own hijab


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The Muslim schoolgirl who was choked with her own hijab and punched by a woman shouting racial slurs in a horrific bus attack is now too scared to leave her own home.

Redena Al-Hadi, 14, and her sister Wida, 13, were travelling home from Silverdale School in Sheffield when they were brutally attacked by a 40-year-old woman.

Video capturing the incident shows the woman pushing the schoolgirl onto the floor and then pummeling her with a serious of vicious blows.

Redena Al-Hadi (pictured), 14, and her sister Wida, 13, were travelling home from Silverdale School in Sheffield when they were brutally attacked by 40-year-old woman. Video capturing the incident shows the woman pushing the schoolgirl onto the floor

Miss Al-Hadi was pinned to the floor as her attacker used her Islamic headscarf to garrote her.

Police officers arrived at the scene and arrested the 40-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated assault and public order offences.

‘It makes me feel sick and scared,’ Redena told the Mirror following her appalling attack.

‘I don’t want to go to school. How can an adult attack a child for wearing a hijab? I was a young girl trying to go home. It makes me feel so targetted. That is who I am.

‘When she was strangling me I thought I was going to die. She shouldn’t be on the streets. She could do this to another Muslim. I am now too scared to leave my house.’

South Yorkshire Police initially announced the woman had been let off with a caution, but have since told MailOnline the investigation will undergo a full review. 

Miss Al-Hadi was pinned to the floor as her attacker used her Islamic headscarf to garrote her. Police officers arrived at the scene and arrested a 40-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated assault and public order offences

Miss Al-Hadi was pinned to the floor as her attacker used her Islamic headscarf to garrote her. Police officers arrived at the scene and arrested a 40-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated assault and public order offences

Miss Al-Hadi said the confrontation began when she, her sister and another female friend were accosted by the 44-year-old man who allegedly called the friend the n-word. Screams were heard as the woman knocked her victim to the pavement and rained down blows in front of several witnesses

Miss Al-Hadi said the confrontation began when she, her sister and another female friend were accosted by the 44-year-old man who allegedly called the friend the n-word. Screams were heard as the woman knocked her victim to the pavement and rained down blows in front of several witnesses

Miss Al-Hadi said the confrontation began when she, her sister and another female friend were accosted by the 44-year-old man who allegedly called the friend the n-word.

A young bystander stuck  up for the group but was allegedly punched, Miss Al-Hadi said. 

She said she tried to get off the bus with her friends but that’s when the woman launched her appalling attack.    

Screams were heard as the woman knocked her victim to the pavement and rained down blows in front of several witnesses.

She claims her sister suffered a black eye and a suspected broken cheekbone in the assault and said she gave a statement to the police – who bailed the attacker shortly after. 

The woman was caught on camera repeatedly punching the teenager in the face following a row with a group of schoolchildren on the number 88 Stagecoach service in Sheffield city centre

The woman was caught on camera repeatedly punching the teenager in the face following a row with a group of schoolchildren on the number 88 Stagecoach service in Sheffield city centre

Screams were heard as the woman knocked her victim to the pavement and rained down blows in front of several witnesses

Screams were heard as the woman knocked her victim to the pavement and rained down blows in front of several witnesses

In tears, one witness shouts: ‘She’s a f****** child.’ But her partner responds by hurling foul-mouthed abuse at the children and threatening them.

The woman then squares up to another onlooker and her partner has to step in to hold her back.

The pair eventually walk away as friends of the victim can still be heard screaming in the background.

A woman claiming to be the victim’s sister wrote on Facebook this morning: ‘My sister is the one who was attacked.

We were in A&E all night, she has a black eye and scratches on her face and neck. She needs to go back for another check as the doctors think she may have a fractured eye socket.

The woman's partner was also seen shoving and verbally abusing children as he stopped them from trying to stop the attack

The woman’s partner was also seen shoving and verbally abusing children as he stopped them from trying to stop the attack

It is not clear what sparked the initial clash, but a woman claiming to be the victim's sister said the children confronted the woman after she racially abused a passenger

It is not clear what sparked the initial clash, but a woman claiming to be the victim’s sister said the children confronted the woman after she racially abused a passenger

‘All the children were traumatised when we got there but they’re doing okay now.’ 

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Our inquiry into reports of racial abuse in the Ecclesall Road area of Sheffield on Wednesday 4 December is continuing. 

‘The investigation is also currently undergoing a full review. This will include revisiting and speaking to witnesses. 

‘Officers remain in contact with the victim and her family and are keeping them updated. 

‘A 40-year-old woman, arrested at the scene, has been given a caution for assault, while a 44-year-old man remains on police bail as enquiries continue. 

‘Anyone with information, or who holds footage of the incident, is asked to call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 601 of 4 December 2019.’ 

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