travel agent knocked out in ran­dom at­tack


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By STEVE ROB­SON

A YOUNG woman punched un­con­scious by a man in a ran­dom at­tack at a taxi rank fell and broke her leg in three places.

Holly Tal­bot, 23, was re­turn­ing home from a night out in Prest­wich with her friend when they were set upon by a stranger.

After be­ing rushed to hospi­tal, Holly re­quired ex­ten­sive surgery to fit 12 bolts and two me­tal plates in her left leg. She has been told it will be months be­fore she is able to walk prop­erly again.

Now Holly, a travel agent from Rad­cliffe, is urg­ing any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about her at­tacker to come for­ward.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing but Holly is also of­fer­ing her own re­ward of £1,000 for in­for­ma­tion that leads to a con­vic­tion.

Any in­for­ma­tion can be re­ported di­rectly to Greater Manch­ester Po­lice.

Holly said: “I just think it’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. I didn’t even say one word to this man.”

She said she and her pal en­tered the of­fices of the Mag­num White­line Taxis on Bury New Road at around 11pm last Satur­day night. Holly said: “My friend asked the woman in the of­fice if there was a toi­let she could use.

“There was a man and a woman in there as well and the woman just turned to my friend and said ‘were you ****ing talk­ing to me?’

“Then the man turned on her and said ‘what did you just say?’

“He just started smack­ing her, punch­ing her in the face. She’s cov­ered in bruises.

“I took my shoes off to go out­side, I was shout­ing ‘what are you do­ing? stop it.’ I tried to break it up and got smacked my­self. He punched me full in the face and knocked me out on the pave­ment. I must have fallen funny. I woke up in some guy’s arms who car­ried me in and put me on a bench.”

Holly said the at­tacker sim­ply left in a taxi, with a crowd of around six to eight peo­ple watch­ing on. She said: “When the am­bu­lance got there they said I had bro­ken my leg straight away.”

Holly was in hospi­tal for four days be­fore be­ing al­lowed home after her surgery. She has been given crutches and a wheel­chair and is now hav­ing to stay with her nan. She said: “I just want any­one to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion to catch this man. I want him to go to prison. Some peo­ple are just dis­gust­ing.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Holly Tal­bot and, in­set, swelling on her bro­ken leg

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