A vile Muslim racist was arrested after spitting in a baby’s face and telling the child’s mother “white people shouldn’t breed.”

Hairdresser Rebecca Telford was wheeling nine-month-old Layla-Jean through South Shields when Abdulla launched the unprovoked afternoon assault, leaning into her pushchair to spit on her.

The little girl was left covered in saliva, which sprayed across her face in the disgusting attack.

A court heard Abdulla has previous for race hate offences and has “a problem with white women”.

But now the 33-year-old, who has some mental health issues, has walked free from Newcastle Crown Court on a suspended prison sentence.

Miss Telford told police in a victim impact statement: “I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a defenceless baby in a completely unprovoked attack.

“If he had just walked by I would not have even noticed him, there was no eye contact and no words had been exchanged. I had never seen him before.

“I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target.”

The court heard the mother and baby were heading down Chichester Road, in South Shields, last January when they had to misfortune to encounter Abdulla, who approached without warning.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling said: “He leant into the pushchair and spat into the face of her daughter.

“As he did so, he shouted or said ‘white people shouldn’t breed’ then walked off.”

The court heard when the baby’s stunned mother confronted Abdulla, he told her to “shut the **** up” and walked off.

A shocked passer-by gave Ms Telford a tissue to clean the saliva off the child’s face.

The mum attempted to take a picture of her baby’s attacker as he walked away but was too shaken by what had happened.

Layla-Jean was taken to the doctor after the attack for tests.

Abdulla, of Imeary Street, South Shields, who has two previous convictions for race-hate offences on white females, was later tracked down through CCTV.

He was found guilty of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, which he did not attend.

He was given eight months suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.