Racist thugs spat on a four-year-old girl and brutally beat her mother in a
Saly Chowdhury was left with a black eye and facial injuries after two men and a woman tried to steal two boxes of crisps from her shop, the Hendon Valley Stores in Sunderland.
The incident took place on last Friday at 4.40pm when the mother-of-four ran out of the shop after the thieves and accidentally locked herself outside.
When the trio started hurling racist abuse at her, she fled to her home nearby.
But they caught up with her and spat on her four-year-old daughter Ousha, shoved her seven-year-old daughter against the wall and thumped her 13-year-old daughter in the face.
The gang then turned their attentions to Saly, 31, punching her in the face, tearing out chunks of her hair and choking her with her scarf.
Saly, who also has a nine-year-old daughter, managed to free herself and get herself and her children inside to safety.
And just 12 hours later the mum-of-four was back behind the shop counter, determined not to let the vicious thugs get the better of her.
Saly, who refuses to sell alcohol in her store, said: ‘I had to close my shop
on Friday and I lost business.
‘I’m not letting them do that to me again. It was scary and it’s worrying going back to work but there is no need for this behaviour.
‘I have many great customers who know me and I know them. If this is all about stealing, then please speak to me first and we can see if something can be sorted out.
‘The problem of people coming in here and stealing things is getting worse and worse.’
Northumbria Police yesterday said the incident ‘simply won’t be tolerated’.
An investigation into the attack has been launched and is being treated as
Sergeant Tom Connor, who covers the area, said: ‘This type of behaviour is despicable.’