A woman reportedly had her headscarf pulled off and was racially abused while walking along a street. 

Police said the alleged victim, a 42-year-old woman was walking from Hoe Street to Edison Close in Walthamstow on Sunday, September 1 when the incident happened.

Another woman, 32, who witnessed what happened tried to help and the suspect then assaulted her - police said.

A 61-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of two counts of racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She has been bailed to a date in late September.

Waltham Forest Police is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

On its Twitter account, Waltham Forest Police said it has put additional patrols in place.