Victims sprayed with liquid in 'racist' attacks in Gloucester
A TERRIFIED schoolgirl was among the victims of a series of apparently racist attacks.
Amara Jaffer was hit in the face with an unknown liquid just metres from her Blenheim Road home on Monday.
The 13-year-old and at least four others were targeted by occupants of a red Transit van at about 5pm.
They were all sprayed in the face and on their clothes with an unknown substance.
Police say the attacks had a "very nasty racist element".
Amara's uncle Moses Jaffer said she was "traumatised" and had to stay home from school yesterday.
The Falconer Road resident said: "She was terrified to go to the police station and won't talk about it."
He added: "Everybody has the right to walk down the street without being attacked."
Police have arrested one man and are hunting two others after several men and women were sprayed with the substance in Barton Street, Clement Street and Blenheim Road.
Two of the victims reported being racially abused by the van's occupants. The liquid is believed to be "non-noxious".
Gloucester Chief Inspector Richard Burge said the victims were "understandably very distressed by their ordeal". He added: "There was a very nasty racist element to this but at the moment but we believe it is likely to have been a spontaneous incident in appalling taste rather than a planned campaign."
A 26-year-old man from Tipton, West Midlands was arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage and bailed to attend Gloucester police station on September 6.
Police are now looking for a ginger-haired man, who was not wearing a T-shirt and spoke with an accent, either Scottish or Irish.
Witnesses also described seeing a white man, of large build in the van, with a chubby face and in his 40s, and a white man in his mid-20s, who was tanned, with black hair and a large tribal tattoo on his left shoulder.
Police have urged anyone with information to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.