a Snapchat image of a disabled woman – covered with flour and eggs – was posted to social media on Friday, and there was outrage. The woman is said to be in her 40s, and was quoted as being “severely distressed.” According to police, the four teenagers threw the flour and eggs over the vulnerable woman following a verbal altercation.

In the image, the woman could be seen hunching down on a bench and covered in flour and eggs. Social media erupted with messages calling for the teenagers to be “hunted down.”

Vulnerable woman attacked by four teenagers

The incident happened in St Olaves Road in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk at 5:30 PM on Friday.

According to a police statement, while the woman was physically unharmed, she was naturally “severely distressed” by what had been done to her. Initially, police arrested two 15-year-old boys and one 17-year-old boy on Saturday and the teens were later released on bail pending enquiries.

At the time of the arrests, Inspector Anthony Bridgland said in a statement that the behaviour exhibited by the teens was “totally unacceptable.” He went on to say that police are treating the incident seriously. While at that stage, three arrests had been made, a fourth 17-year-old was arrested later that day.

That teenager has now also been released on bail.

Police are giving the disabled woman support

As reported by the Evening Standard, Bridgland noted that the incident had caused a lot of anger and concern online and in the local community. He went on to reassure the public that they are handling the matter “robustly” and are giving support to the victim.

Bridgland went on to ask anyone who has information about the incident or who may have witnessed it to contact the police.

As reported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Paul Hopfensperger, the St Olaves ward councillor, spoke about the attack on the disabled woman.

Hopfensperger said he was unable to sleep after he heard about the attack on the woman. He said he, like everyone else, was shocked to hear about the incident in his ward and that he had never seen anything of its like before.

Hopfensperger said he was out with his family, celebrating his son’s birthday when he heard what had happened. Reportedly, the incident occurred outside the local community centre. Hopfensperger said he hoped that the disabled woman was okay, adding that he hopes he won’t hear of anything of this nature happening in the area again. The councillor went on to say that the police had done an excellent job and applauded the response of the public to the incident, which he said he will be bringing up at the next residents meeting.