A group of kids allegedly hurled racist abuse and pelted stones at a woman as they told her to “go back to Poland”.
The alleged hate crime happened at roughly 7.15pm on Sunday in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.
The woman, from Poland, was pushing a one-year-old baby in a pram, and was also with two boys, aged six and seven, when she approached by a group of other older children.
The youths, aged approximately 10-12, allegedly hurled stones and bottles during the confrontation, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Police received reports that a seven-year-old boy, originally from Lithuania, was knocked off his bike and had his leg jumped on by a lout
A video of the aftermath of the attack has since gone viral on social media.
Hundreds of people took to Facebook to condemn the attack on the woman and children.
A number of parents also commented about the incident and were horrified to see young kids acting this way.
Lisa Myers said: “This makes me feel physically sick.
“Hate crime should not be tolerated in any form.
“We have seen this before.”
Amie De Renzy also said: “Absolutely repugnant.
“Don’t care how old they are, it is totally unacceptable and there should be severe consequences.”
Leonie Henderson added: “I would be mortified if my kids did anything like this.
“Disgusting behaviour from dragged up little rats. Hope they are found and named.”
In the footage of the aftermath of the attack, one girl is seen running up to the woman and hurling an object at her, and then sticking up one finger at her.
She mocks her Eastern European accent, and one of the children is heard to call her a “little dog.”
One of the boys, also seen throwing items, warns her: “Get me off that video now, it’s ping me off!”
The woman repeatedly tells the children to “leave us alone,” but they refuse to leave and burst into laughter when the small boy was attacked.
On Tuesday Merseyside Police confirmed that they were investigating the incident as a hate crime.
A senior officer described the attack as “reprehensible.”
Another reader, Joanne Dickinson Morgan said: “Disgusting and it doesn’t bare thinking about what comes out of the mouth of the parents as these children will just be repeating what they have heard at home.
“Hope they find out who these vile human beings are and they are dealt with as that is not acceptable.”
Liam Fitzsimmons added: “This is absolutely disgusting. Who do these horrible, vile kids think they are?
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for information after a report a seven-year-old boy was assaulted by a group of boys in Knotty Ash on Sunday.
“It was reported at 7.25pm that the boy had been hit and had stones thrown at him by the group on grass off Ackers Hall Avenue.
“We are aware of footage online allegedly showing the aftermath of the incident, in which children appear to throw items and direct verbal abuse towards the person filming.
“We have launched an investigation into this incident, and are appealing for any help from the public to identify those responsible.”
Community Sergeant Jennifer Bullivant said: “It is reprehensible to think that a seven-year-old child could be attacked and subjected to this level of abuse, completely unprovoked.
“Thankfully, he was not seriously injured during the incident but has clearly been left shaken by what happened.
“I want to appeal to anyone in the Knotty Ash community who knows who is responsible for this to search their conscience and do the right thing by coming forward with information.
“We want to send a very clear message to those responsible that this is simply not acceptable, and we want to send a message to this young boy that he lives in an area where the overwhelming majority of people care for each other and will stand up for anyone subjected to this abuse.
“You can help us achieve that by helping us track down those responsible.”
Anyone who witnessed any part of this incident or has heard who is responsible is urged to contact police.
You can direct message on Twitter via @MerPolCC or message on Facebook at ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.
Alternatively, call 101 quoting incident reference 20000555030 or contact the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.