Bruised shopkeeper back behind the counter after attack by racist thugs

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon
Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon
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BRAVE Saly Chowdhury is back behind the counter of her shop despite being subjected to a vicious racist attack.

The 31-year-old shopkeeper is determined not to let the thugs who punched her in the face and spat on her children stop her from carrying on with business.

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon

Click here to read our original report on the attack

Less than 12 hours after the attack took place, she was back in the shop serving her customers.

She said: “I had to close my shop on Friday and I lost business. I’m not letting them do that to me again.”

The mum-of-four was left with a black eye and facial injuries after two men and a woman tried to steal two boxes of crisps from Hendon Valley Stores.

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience store in Valley Road, hendon, Sunderland

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience store in Valley Road, hendon, Sunderland

Saly ran out of the shop after them but locked herself outside.

When the trio started hurling racist abuse at her, she ran to her nearby home.

But they caught up with her and spat on her four-year-old daughter, pushed her seven-year-old daughter against the wall and hit her 13-year-old daughter in the face.

They then punched her in the face, tore chunks of her hair out and choked her with her scarf before she was able to free herself and get her family inside.

Saly, who refuses to sell alcohol in her store, said: “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.”

Police yesterday said the incident “simply won’t be tolerated”.

An investigation into the attack, which took place on Friday between 4.40pm and 5.10pm, has been launched.

It is being treated as racially aggravated.

Sergeant Tom Connor, who covers the area, said: “This type of behaviour is despicable.”

Anyone with any information can contact police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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