Brave girl, 12, chases away baseball bat-wielding thug

Shocking footage shows a thug armed with a baseball bat attack a family inside their car - before he is chased off by a young girl.

A baby aged seven months and a three-year-old were in the back of the vehicle when the man launched the vicious assault, at one point yanking open a car door and leaning inside.

Amazingly, the attack ends when a 12-year-old girl emerges from the house and charges straight at the man.

The footage shows a man in a dark hooded jumper emerging from a side street wielding a baseball bat. He runs straight towards the car and begins beating the bat into the side doors

The disturbing footage was filmed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on November 11 this year. 

The reason for the vicious ambush on the family is not clear and police do not appear to have been informed. 

The clip begins with a black car circling the residential area, while a woman and a teenage girl can be seen getting out of the white Ford.

Suddenly, a man in a dark hooded jumper emerges from a side street wielding a baseball bat.

The older woman, standing at the driver's side door, reacts instantly and runs around the back of the car to the baby and three-year-old in the back seat

The older woman, standing at the driver's side door, reacts instantly and runs around the back of the car to the baby and three-year-old in the back seat

He runs straight towards the car and begins beating the bat into the side doors - as a young teenage girl wearing a bobble hat looks on in shock.

The older woman, standing at the driver's side door, reacts instantly and runs around the back of the car to the baby and three-year-old in the back seat.

As the woman jumps in the back and slams the door behind her, the man starts to thrash the bat into the side of the door.

The young girl runs into the house to get help, while the attacker continues to strike the bat on the side of the car.

The woman

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