Police are appealing for information after a mother and her seven-week-old baby were spat at by a stranger.
A 28-year-old woman was pushing her newborn son along Carr Hill Road in Gateshead at about 4pm when she was approached by seven teenagers.
One of the teenagers asked her for a cigarette. When the woman refused, she was verbally abused by the group before one of the teenagers spat at her.
The spit missed both the mother and child and landed on the rain cover of the push chair.
The group then headed off in the direction of the Windy Nook Tesco while the mother was able to return home uninjured but very shaken.
Police have now launched an investigation to identify the group involved and are appealing for help from the public.
This is a despicable offence that has left a mother and her young child terrified and traumatised.
The group included a tall female with a black PVC coat and a female with purple hair in a bun.
There were also three male teenagers, one who was described as wearing a grey jumper and two who were described as small.
The seventh member of the group is only described as wearing orange but the victim was unable to say if they were male or female.
Anyone with information that may assist police is asked to call 101 quoting log 625 05/06/20.