A six-year-old girl got her foot caught in an escalator as she walked through a shopping centre with her mum. The frightening moment was caught on CCTV security cameras at the Aura shopping centre in Yaroslavl, western Russia.

Just seconds after walking onto the downward moving stairway the little girl – known only as Leila – starts to cry in agony. Her mum’s frantic reaction clearly shows that Leila’s foot has been caught and passers-by hurry to help from both the top of the escalator and from the adjacent escalator moving upwards.

Leila suffered serious injuries and needed an operation and weeks of physiotherapy before she regained the full use of her foot. Her family want compensation for Leila and are threatening to take the shopping centre to court.