Two women are being accused of breaking a 15-year-old Asian girl’s arm in a racist attack after they allegedly threw food at the victim while she was eating with friends at a Kentucky Fried Chicken branch in Waltham Forest, London.
The two women, believed to be a mother and daughter in their 50s and 20s, kicked the girl after throwing her to the floor by her hair during a racist tirade on Nov. 6.
The incident began when the teen was racially abused as she stood up to speak to the women, according to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police.
“The older of the two women then pulled the victim’s hair causing her to fall to the floor. Both suspects kicked the victim whilst she was on the ground,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying. “As the victim stood up, a hot drink was thrown at her face.”
Police arrived at around 8:30 p.m. and paramedics brought the victim to a nearby hospital where she was treated for a broken arm, according to The Independent.
Investigators have released CCTV images of the two suspects involved in the assault.
“This was an unprovoked and vicious attack which has left the victim very shaken and with a serious injury,” Detective Constable Rosie Doyle said. “If you recognize the women in these pictures, we would urge you to get in touch.”
“We do not tolerate hate crime of any form and encourage victims and witnesses to come forward and report such incidents to the police,” Doyle added.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact local police on Twitter @MetCC or call 101. Anonymous tips can be directed to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.