A gang of schoolgirls attacked a Muslim woman after mocking her for wearing a headscarf.

Four teenage girls, two wearing school uniform, kicked and knocked the woman to the ground before trying to remove the item during the incident in North Cheam between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday, April 13.

The 26-year-old was walking along Stonecot Hill towards London Road, near the territorial army centre, when she noticed she was being followed by the girls, who were teasing her about her headscarf.

One of the girls kicked her, before she crossed the road in an attempt to get away.

The girls caught up with the victim, kicked her again, and during a struggle to remove the victim’s headscarf, kicked her again after she fell to the ground.

The attackers fled after a car pulled over to help the woman. The driver then took the woman home.

Police are now appealing for information to catch those responsible.

One of the girls is described as 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with long blonde hair extending to her mid-back, and wearing a white shirt and navy skirt school uniform.

Another wearing the same uniform was 5ft 6in tall, with dyed red hair.

A third is described as Eastern European in appearance with small eyes.

Anyone with information should call Sutton Police Station on 0300 123 1212 and ask for the Community Safety Unit quoting reference number 4004250/11.