Cops hunt thugs who punched mum in the face after hurling abuse at her disabled daughter, 10, and two toddlers in McDonald's hate crime attack
The suspects, aged 27 and 28 from Stockport have been taken into custody after Greater Manchester Police released CCTV images.
Two men had begun to hurl abuse at a ten-year-old girl in a wheelchair outside the Boots store in Market Street before following them to McDonald's.
They sat next to the families and started to torment the young girl in the wheelchair again- shouting abuse and threatening violence.
As well as the disabled girl, the mums had another two children with them – a three-year-old and a five-month-old baby.
Officers say the other infants were covered in drink during the terrifying ordeal while two families were on a day out in Manchester.
In a horrifying turn, as the mum went to defend the terrified children, she was punched in the face by one of the brutes.
A drink was then thrown over the innocent girl and the rest of the table – drenching the baby and the other mum.
The youngster was so traumatised that she crawled under the table to hide.
Police Constable Dave Stebbings, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "Occasionally we receive reports that make you sick to the stomach.
“How anyone could attack and abuse young children and their mums on a day out, I have no idea.
“During the commotion the 10-year-old girl ended up hiding under a table shaking, extremely distressed by the abuse and assault on her mother.
"It breaks your heart thinking about this.
“I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the men in the images to get in touch.
"I also hope to hear from anyone who witnessed these abhorrent assaults.
“Thankfully the injuries sustained will leave no visible scars, but the mums and their children will take much longer to recover from the trauma of their experience.
Manchester City Centre Inspector, Jon Middleton, said: "Following an appeal for information just several hours ago, we have two men in custody.
We have had an overwhelming response from the public and want to thank everyone."
“There is no place for this appalling behaviour in society.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 3221, alternatively call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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