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Shocking moment two female shoplifters pin Holland & Barrett worker against a window and brutally beat her after she caught them trying to steal from south London shop

  • The thugs were caught on camera repeatedly punching the middle-aged woman
  • Store assistant can be seen standing in the doorway preventing the pair’s escape
  • Screaming onlookers cried ‘help her’ before a group of men burst through doors
  • Appalling scenes occurred at a Holland & Barrett store in Croydon, south London

This is the shocking moment a female shop assistant is viciously beaten by two teen shoplifters after she appeared to block them from leaving a high street store.

The thugs were caught on camera kicking in windows and repeatedly punching the woman, aged in her 40s, as she stood in the doorway, preventing their escape.

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Screaming onlookers cried ‘help her’ before a group of men burst through the doors and rescued the victim, who was later taken to hospital with head injuries.

The attackers, who are thought to be aged between 16 and 20, managed to get away by running into acrowd of shoppers.

The appalling scenes occurred at a Holland & Barrett store in Croydon, south London.

Witnesses described one of the attackers as black, while the other is said to be black albino.

Footage shows the brave employee standing in front of the store entrance as the two girls repeatedly kick the windows and chunks of glass fall onto the pavement.

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The first girl puts her foot straight through the glass while the other grabs the shop assistant and tries to force her out of the way.

When that fails, she starts punching her repeatedly as witnesses gasp in horror.

Several men then force their way inside and drag one of the attackers away from the victim. She is seen fleeing the scene before the footage cuts out.   

This is the horrifying moment a female shop assistant is viciously beaten in by two teenage girls after she appeared to block them from leaving a high street store

The thugs were caught on camera kicking in windows and repeatedly punching the middle-aged woman as she stood in the doorway, preventing their escape

This is the horrifying moment a female shop assistant is viciously beaten in by two teenage girls after she appeared to block them from leaving a high street store

A spokesperson for Met Police told MailOnline: ‘A female member of staff at a commercial premises, aged in her 40s, had been assaulted and was suffering from a head injury.

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‘The injured woman was taken to a south London hospital where her condition is not life threatening.

Police believe that the member of staff challenged two female shoplifters who responded by assaulting the victim by repeatedly punching her in the head.

‘They also smashed glass at the front of the premises before leaving in the direction of west Croydon. 

‘The suspects are both black females aged 16-20yrs, one of whom is described as Albino.’

Screaming onlookers cried 'help her' before a group of men burst through the doors and rescued the victim, who was left visibly shaken by the assault

The attackers managed to get away by running into a crowd of shoppers after a member of the public tried to detain them

Screaming onlookers cried ‘help her’ before a group of men burst through the doors and rescued the victim, who was left visibly shaken by the assault

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