A 50-YEAR-OLD woman was knocked unconscious as she tried to stop a mass raid on her Huddersfield shop.
Carol Ward was punched in the face and knocked out after she tried to stop the gang rampaging through Blackburn's Climbing and Walking Shop in Moldgreen.
It is believed a passer-by caught the attack on his mobile phone camera and he has been urged to come forward.
One of the gang was detained nearby and arrested.
The gang of about 20 youths in their early and mid-teens got off a bus outside the shop on Old Wakefield Road and steamed straight inside at 4.45pm on Saturday.
Carol said: "They piled through the door and spread out.
"They were very vocal and I asked them to leave."
Carol and three members of staff tried to shepherd them out, but they refused to go.
One youth then started to bang the door against an internal security gate in the shop's porch.
Carol was worried he would smash both the door and the window and asked him to stop, but he kept on banging it. She went towards him and he ran out.
When she went outside the shop she said the youth turned around and hit her.
Carol said: "The next thing I knew I was collapsed on the pavement.
"At first I didn't realise I'd been knocked out.
"He had punched me on my left eye and there was blood pouring from my nose where my glasses had cut it. My eye swelled up like a balloon."
Her glasses had been smashed by the punch.
Paramedics took her to the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where a special medical glue was put on the cut.
After leaving hospital, Carol went to Huddersfield Police Station where she gave a statement and a photograph was taken of her injuries.
She finally got home about 9pm.
Carol's husband, Steve, is a member of the Hepworth-based Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team and he was away on a training weekend.
He rushed straight home after he was phoned about the attack.
He said: "My first thought was to pack in my charity work so I would always be there if Carol needed me.
"But if I did that, those responsible for what happened on Saturday would have won. If the passer-by with the phone took stills or video footage of what happened we would dearly like him to come forward with it."
* Police have confirmed a 14-year-old Birkby youth was arrested on suspicion of assault.
He has been released on police bail pending further inquires.
The man with the video phone or anyone else who saw what happened should contact Pc Wayne Smith or Pc Damian Groves via the helpdesk at Huddersfield police station on 01484 436659.