Horrifying footage has emerged of an elderly woman with a walking frame being thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs in front of shocked shoppers.

The incident, which unfolded in Geelong, Victoria on Tuesday, started when a 23-year-old woman exchanged words with a person with a walking frame.

After a brief exchange, the 23-year-old is seen on camera approaching the elderly lady with the walking frame shouting if she "wanted to start her".

The 23-year-old then shoves the elderly woman against the wall before pulling her hair and tossing her on the ground.

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Horrifying footage has emerged of an elderly woman with a walking frame being thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs in front of shocked shoppers. Photo / Facebook
Horrifying footage has emerged of an elderly woman with a walking frame being thrown to the ground and kicked in the ribs in front of shocked shoppers. Photo / Facebook

Shocked bystanders can be heard shouting "she's just an old lady".

After kicking the elderly woman in the ribs, the alleged attacker turned and shouts "I don't give a f***".

The alleged attacker is seen standing over the elderly woman before onlookers intervene, pushing her away.

The 23-year-old was arrested in relation to the assault.

It is understood the woman will be charged with affray, unlawful assault and assault by kicking.