The Only Way Is Essex star Sam Faiers says she and her sister Billie are hiring bodyguards after being attacked by a gang of girls.

The pair have been left terrified after the incident in a central London nightclub, which was filmed and posted online by an onlooker, and are now scared to leave their homes.

Sam, 20, told The Sun: “There is no way we will be going anywhere near where it happened. It’s left us terrified of further repercussions. We’re discussing security.”

Billie, 21, added: “It’s the only thing we can do to feel safe.”

A spokesman for the TOWIE stars said: “It is being arranged. Whenever the girls feel it appropriate they will have security around them.”

The locks have now been changed at their home after Billie’s keys were stolen, along with her £1,500 Mulberry handbag, which contained cash and her mobile phone.

Sam said she received a call after the incident saying she’d get Billie’s phone back if she went to a specified location. When she went to the spot, she said she was attacked.

Sam was admitted to hospital and underwent a brain scan before doctors gave her the all-clear. She suffered black eyes, a split nose, bruises and scratches on her back as she was reportedly kicked and punched unconscious.

Billie said she was surrounded by at least 10 girls on the dance floor at the Jet Black club, and suffered a split lip, cuts and bruises.