Hair’s to best friends a girl could wish for

PALS RAISE FUNDS AF­TER AL­LEGED AT­TACK AT CLUB

The Chronicle - - News - By SO­PHIE DOUGHTY so­phie.doughty@ncjme­dia.co.uk @So­phie_Doughty

Crime Re­porter A YOUNG mum says she cries ev­ery time she looks in the mir­ror af­ter her hair was pulled out in an al­leged night­club at­tack.

Pretty Hol­lie-Louise Brown was left cut and bruised with large bald patches on the top of her head af­ter the in­ci­dent at Bub­bles, in Ash­ing­ton.

Po­lice have ar­rested three women in con­nec­tion with the al­leged as­sault, which hap­pened dur­ing the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

And now, af­ter Hol­lie’s friends launched a fundrais­ing drive to help fix her hair, a New­cas­tle sa­lon has stepped in and fit­ted a hair­piece free of charge while the mum-of-two waits for her brunette locks to grow back.

Af­ter the at­tack, Hol­lie, 23, said: “I just can’t stop sob­bing ev­ery time I walk past the mir­ror. My two ba­bies have had to see me like this and it’s bro­ken my heart.

“I’m ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken at the state of my­self. I don’t know how I’m ever go­ing to face the out­side world again.”

Friend Kim Fos­ter set up a JustGiv­ing page to help Hol­lie pay for her hair treat­ment.

She said: “I’m setting up this page to give Hol­lie the best hair treat­ment and the princess hair she de­serves.

“So please if every­body could give as lit­tle or as much as they can it will be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Please give Hol­lie the best treat­ment she de­serves.”

Friends and well-wish­ers do­nated more than £1,200 in a mat­ter of days.

How­ever, on Wed­nes­day Hol­lie vis­ited Dream­girlz hair ex­ten­sions sa­lon, in Jes­mond, where staff agreed to fit a hair re­place­ment sys­tem for free, with Hol­lie just pay­ing for the cost of ma­te­ri­als.

She says she will use the rest of the money raised to main­tain the sys­tem un­til her hair grows back.

She said: “I never ex­pected the tar­get to go to as much as it has. I’m very grate­ful and will be us­ing the rest of the money to keep get­ting my new hair sys­tem re­fit­ted ev­ery month un­til my hair hope­fully grows back again.

“I can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for help­ing me so much.”

Hol­lie says she was stamped on and kicked dur­ing the al­leged at­tack. Now, po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses. A Northum­bria Po­lice spokes­woman said: “In the early hours of Sun­day, po­lice re­ceived a re­port of an as­sault at Bub­bles night­club on John Street in Ash­ing­ton. “It was re­ported that a group of women be­came in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion inside the bar at around 12.45am that then car­ried on out­side the premises. “Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, a 23-year-old woman was as­saulted and had to re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion for her in­juries. “Three women – aged 23, 25 and 28 – were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent and have since been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” Po­lice be­lieve there were other wit­nesses in the club at the time and any­one who saw what hap­pened is asked to con­tact of­fi­cers. Call Northum­bria Po­lice on 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence 277 09/09/18. Hol­lie-Louise Brown

Hol­lie-Louise Brown be­fore and af­ter the al­leged at­tack

Bub­bles night­club in Ash­ing­ton

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