1. ITV Report

Polish grandma attacked by schoolgirls who 'mocked her English'

Perry Beeches II School Photo: BPM

Police are investigating claims a group of teenage schoolgirls attacked a Polish woman in Birmingham city centre – after she asked to pass by with her two young grandchildren.

The alleged victim’s daughter claimed she was knocked to the ground by up to four girls from Perry Beeches II School after they mocked her level of English.

Marta Alladaye said her 56-year-old mother, Danuta Podwysocka, was verbally and physically abused in view of her granddaughters, aged six and three. The 27-year-old said:

She was verbally and physically abused because she asked politely for them to make a space for her on the street to go through with her two granddaughters.

She does not speak very good English and they began to mock her.

She also asked them to stop swearing in front of the young children and was pushed to the ground.

It is not the first time that she has suffered this kind of abuse, it is very regular.

– Marta Alladaye
The incident happened at the junction of Newhall Street and Lionel Street Credit: BPM

Marta said people were seen filming the altercation and some had already come forward.

It is understood that at least one sent a statement to the school, along with images of the alleged attackers.

West Midlands Police confirmed officers had received a complaint from Mrs Podwysocka over the alleged incident, said to have happened at the junction of Newhall Street and Lionel Street on Tuesday (4 April).

Acting chief executive officer Paul Wheeler said in a statement:

An incident has been registered with the school; however we have not been contacted by the police. We work hard to embed British values in all of our students, in particular mutual respect, tolerance of race and rule of law.

– Perry Beeches II, Paul Wheeler