"That was the point I really panicked."
A mother has opened up on the racist abuse and threats she allegedly suffered while out shopping in Newcastle.
On April 23, 2021, the woman was walking to her car in Morden Street car park with her sister and five-year-old daughter when a passerby allegedly racially abused them.
A short while later, as they made their way home in the car, their vehicle was allegedly attacked by the man who poured lager over the windscreen before repeatedly throwing the can at the doors.
She has now opened up about the racist abuse.
The woman said: “I’ve dealt with racism so many times that it’s just a blur in my head.
“We heard shouts in the distance but when we heard someone shout shopping bags we knew that it was about us.
“We turned around and he said ‘look at them f****** p****’ and I said ‘what?’ and he said ‘go back to your own country’.
“He said ‘you p*** b*******’ and ‘I’m going to kill you!’”
They remained calm but the man continued to make threats while they drove out of the car park.
The woman began filming the man as evidence. However, when he approached the car and tried to open the car’s doors, she became “worried”.
She continued: “He was still swearing and said ‘your husband’s a rapist’.
“My initial reaction was to laugh but when it got serious I really panicked. I was saying to my sister to just drive.
“I was really worried. I was thinking if the car doors were locked and my daughter was in the back seat. That was the point I really panicked.
“He got his can and threw it at the window and then the driver’s door. It was crazy and the whole thing was absolutely surreal.”
Despite living in Newcastle for 14 years, the woman said the incident has left her worried for her safety.
“When you’ve experienced racist and Islamophobic abuse so much you almost become used to it.
“But because my daughter was there it really made me sad.
“After we left later on we parked up at the supermarket to get shopping and my daughter heard the car alarm go off and she screamed ‘are they back?’.
“That was horrible to hear that as a mother. I felt so helpless for her.”
Members of the public have since sent messages of support on Facebook.
The mother said: “A lot of people have come forward saying something similar had happened to them too. People were saying they were scared to go out the house.
“Newcastle is quite a diverse city and I never thought people we are surrounded by could be so racist and bigoted.”
The Chronicle reported that a Northumbria Police spokesperson said:
“At 7:07 pm yesterday (Friday) police received a report of a disturbance on Morden Street in Newcastle.
“It was reported that a man shouted racist remarks at a woman who was returning to her parked car with her daughter and sister.
“It was then reported that the man threw a can of beer at the car and tried to open the car door as they drove further down the road. The man has then left the scene.
“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to contact us online using the ‘Tell Us Something’ function of our website or call 101 and quote log, 1042 230421.”