A WOMAN care worker has been attacked in broad daylight by a vile teenaged thug – who spat in her face and told her 'you have got corona'.

The victim, who was dressed in her nursing home uniform, was hit on the head and kicked repeatedly on the ground before being spat at.

Police, who have described the attack as a "truly despicable" say the woman was walking in the Sherborn open space, Canford Heath, Poole, around 1pm on Friday, March 27.

As she walked through the Verity Crescent entrance she was approached by two teenaged boys on bicycles.

The woman was hit in the head by something, believed to be a bag, and knocked to the ground. Then one of the teens kicked her in the back numerous times before spitting in her face then telling her "you have got corona."

While the attack unfolded, police say the other teen told him to stop.

Police community support investigator Chris Hardy, of Poole police, said: "This was a truly despicable assault and the victim believes she was targeted because she was dressed for her work at a nursing home.

“We are committed to supporting those who are helping our communities at this difficult time.

"We are determined to identify those involved and are carrying out a detailed investigation into the incident."

The teenager who assaulted the woman is described as being aged 16 to 18 with pale skin and possibly light brown hair. He was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up and a blue bag. He was riding a blue bike.

Community support investigator Hardy said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information about the identity of the offender, to please contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200045377.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org