travel agent knocked out in random attack
TRAVEL AGENT HOLLY OFFERS £1,000 REWARD TO CATCH THUG
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