A Muslim woman was attacked by a group of pole-wielding men in what police are treating as a hate crime.
The woman, in her 40s and from Pakistan, was attacked at 6pm on Sunday evening following a row over some youngsters damaging property at a Liverpool home.
Sickening CCTV shows the woman walking along the street in Tuebrook with her two sons before they were attacked by men with scaffolding poles.
The group of thugs charged towards the family before one punched the defenceless mother to the ground.
The woman is seen lying on her stomach, unable to get up until one of her sons manages to rescue her.
The victim was left needing hospital treatment for a facial injury.
Merseyside Police has confirmed officers were called to reports of an ‘altercation involving a number of people in the street’.
The force said it was reported that ‘during the incident, a group of youths had caused damage to a car and the window of a property, before a woman in her 40’s was assaulted by a male’.
Following the trouble, a 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated section 47 assault. A 31-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of affray.
Both have been released on conditional bail and a police spokeswoman said an investigation is ongoing.
The victims, who asked not to be identified, urged anyone with details about those involved in the incident to contact police.
They believe they were targeted because they are from Pakistan.
Community Inspector Andy Gardiner said: ‘This is a shocking incident and we are still working to piece together the exact circumstances, however to discriminate against anyone in this way is appalling behaviour and hate crime of any kind will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police.’
He added a number of people were involved in the incident and appealed for anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage to contact the force.