A woman who was beaten with a hammer by a group of three men in a south London street has spoken out about the incident and says it could have been avoided.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was walking along the street when she was approached by a man wearing a balaclava who pushed her and her friend into the street and punched them.

The man, who she did not know, then punched her in the face before grabbing her arm and dragging her into a parked car, she said.

She was taken to hospital for treatment, where she said she received stitches to her nose and mouth and was told to stay in bed.

“He had a hammer, so I was expecting a punch and a hammer,” she said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He pushed me up against the wall and smashed my face and my cheek and then he dragged me out of the car and punched me in the mouth.”

I think I could have got away with it.

“A police spokesman said: “This was an isolated incident and officers were called to the scene.

“Officers attended and the man has been arrested and taken to a south-east London police station.”

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