Dad Mohamed said they believed the attack was racially-motivated and added: 'My daughter has never had a problem with any girl in the city before.
'I don't know why they attacked her the first time, but they recognised her the second time and went after her again.
'My wife and I think it was racially motivated because Mariam didn't know these girls, why would you attack someone randomly?
'They were all of different colour skin to Mariam maybe that is why they did this - they also called her "black rose".
'I just don't know why they would attack her, when she did nothing wrong.'Open and shut case, then?
Nottinghamshire Police said they did not think the attack was 'motivated by hate' but 'continued to keep an open mind'.But according to your own published guidelines, it doesn't matter what you think, does it? You may have good reason to disregard this as being a hate crime, of course. But if so, then surely you should be qualifying your statement on your website?
Or awkward questions might be asked.