Mum-of-one: I went to a rock gig – and ended up like this

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ASKELMERSDALE mum who was vi­ciously at­tacked by a drunken thug at a rock con­cert has told how she thought she was go­ing to be killed.

Ali­cia Crook was punched in the face by teenager Char­lie Shut­tle­worth, who later told Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice he “turned around and punched the per­son di­rectly be­hind” after his shirt was ripped in the “mosh pit”.

The 33-year-old mu­mof-one, who works as an au­di­tor, had driven to the Royal Blood gig, at the Manch­ester Arena, with her sis­ter, a friend, and her 16-year-old niece, us­ing tick­ets given to them as birth­day presents.

She suf­fered a large cut across her left eye­brow and a frac­tured eye socket, in­juries which she said were likened by medics to “car crash” in­juries.

Shut­tle­worth, 19, of Sower Carr Lane, Poul­ton-le-Fylde, has now been locked up fol­low­ing the at­tack last Novem­ber. He’ll serve half of a 14-month sen­tence in cus­tody and the other half out on li­cence.

Ali­cia, who said she loved fes­ti­vals and con­certs, has only been to one gig since. She said she was talked into go­ing by friends, but left shortly after the start.

“Gigs are not fun any more,” she said.

She said she first no­ticed Shut­tle­worth when the con­cert had only just started – and de­scribed him as “off his head”.

“We were near the front, close to the mosh pit,” she said.

“It was quite rowdy and giddy, but noth­ing out of the or­di­nary. I go to gigs two or three times a month and go to fes­ti­vals. It was just nor­mal, ex­cited be­hav­iour as you would ex­pect.

“Peo­ple were fall­ing over in the mosh pit and the per­son who punched me was re­ally rowdy. He was re­ally ag­gres­sive.

“We tried to move to the right away from him. He was off his head and I knew that some­one was go­ing to be hurt. Peo­ple were try­ing to get out of his way. He was run­ning into the mid­dle of the mosh pit through peo­ple. He was do­ing it to men and women and I thought that there was go­ing to be a fight.

“By the third song, I no­ticed he was stood straight in front of me.

“He looked over his shoul­der, spun around and punched me right in the face. I was shocked but it all hap­pened in a few sec­onds. I couldn’t see.

“At that stage, a group of men jumped on him and tried to re­strain him. Peo­ple were try­ing to hold him down but he es­caped.

“After the first punch, I thought he would stop.

“There was ab­so­lutely no rea­son for it. I thought he was go­ing to kill me and even now, I think that if other peo­ple had not stepped in, it would have been worse. He was in­tent on car­ry­ing on.”

Ali­cia was as­sessed by first-aiders then driven to hos­pi­tal.

She was un­der spe­cial­ist care for about six months and needed five weeks off work.

“He was like a spoilt brat who had a tantrum,” she said. “I hope he learns not to get so drunk in the fu­ture. In court, he did say sorry.”

Shut­tle­worth pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and was sen­tenced at Manch­ester Crown Court.

Det Con Richard King said Ali­cia was left cov­ered in blood.

“This was an hor­rific and com­pletely un­pro­voked at­tack on an in­no­cent young woman who was sim­ply en­joy­ing a mu­sic con­cert only for Shut­tle­worth to vi­o­lently at­tack her,” he said.

“Shut­tle­worth claims his ac­tions were down to the amount of al­co­hol he had con­sumed that night.

“This is a stark re­minder that we should all know our lim­its when drink­ing – those ex­tra drinks have cost him seven months be­hind bars and a crim­i­nal record.”

Ali­cia Crook – I thought he was go­ing to kill me

Manch­ester Arena – vi­cious at­tack at Royal Blood rock gig

Arena thug Char­lie Shut­tle­worth

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