A GRANDMOTHER was left battered and bruised after being beaten up outside a Sheffield takeaway.
Janet Dewsnap and her son say they were attacked simply for asking a woman in the queue if she was all right.
The 55-year-old grandmother and mum and her son Steven Smith, 38, were inside the Happy House Chinese takeaway on City Road, Manor Top, when trouble flared.
The pair claim Steven simply said ‘are you all right sweetheart?’ to a woman next to them when her boyfriend appeared at the doorway and dragged him outside.
Janet, who has four children and nine grandchildren, said when she went outside to intervene the woman to whom her son had spoken then attacked her.
Nursing two black eyes, Janet, of John Calvert Road, Woodhouse, has appealed for help to catch the couple who launched the violent attack.
She said police officers investigating the assault are looking at CCTV footage from cameras in the area in the hope of spotting the alleged attackers.
“All we were doing was standing in the queue waiting to buy a takeaway when my son said to a woman next to us ‘are you all right sweetheart?’
“Straight away she said ‘what do you mean by that, I have a boyfriend’ and started texting on her phone,” she said
“She must have been contacting her boyfriend because he came to the doorway and dragged Steven outside, where there was a scuffle and a knife fell out of the man’s pocket, which my son picked up.
“When I went outside I was beaten up by the woman my son had been talking to.
“Steven didn’t mean anything by it, he was just being friendly and passing time while we were in the queue so I am really angry that this happened to us.”
Janet added: “It has left me scared to go out now.
“I don’t know these people, I had never seen them before and I am worried that they could do this again to somebody else of they are not caught.”
The incident has been reported to South Yorkshire Police.
n Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 0114 220 2020.