Racist thugs spat on shopkeeper’s children

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon
Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon
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RACIST thugs punched a shopkeeper and spat on her children during a vile attack.

Saly Chowdhury, 31, was subjected to foul abuse, had her hair ripped out and a scarf pulled round her neck.

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon

Saly Choudhury outside her convenience shop in Valley Road, hendon

Saly, who owns Hendon Valley Stores, was working at her shop when two men and a woman came into the store.

One of the men grabbed two boxes of crisps and ran outside. Saly chased after them and locked herself out of the store, leaving her mobile phone and keys inside.

They started shouting abuse at her, causing her to run to her nearby home.

The gang chased her and outside her home 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.

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

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

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They then punched the mum-of-four in the face, causing a black eye, tore chunks of her hair out and choked her with her scarf before Saly was able to free herself and get inside.

She said: “I thought this was going to be my last day and so did my daughters. I was worried and it was really scary.

“I was worried for my children and myself. I was trying to protect my children because they were screaming and crying. I don’t want them to see this.

“Who spits at a four-year-old and who does this? It’s disgusting.”

Saly said her Hendon shop has been targeted a string of times by thugs and the problem is spiralling out of control.

She said: “The majority of my customers are great but this problem does seem to be getting worse.

“This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever been hit but people come in and steal things and we’ve had robberies before.

“If people want something they don’t have to steal it, they can just ask me and pay me back. There’s no need for this behaviour at all.”

Detectives have launched an investigation into the attack, which took place on Friday between 4.40pm and 5.10pm.

It is being treated as racially aggravated.

Sergeant Tom Connor, who covers the area, said: “This type of behaviour is despicable and simply won’t be tolerated.

“We know there were a number of people in the street at the time and would ask them, or anyone who may who have any information, to contact police so we can apprehend those responsible.”

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

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