This is the shocking picture of the injuries sustained by a Hartlepool teen who was brutally attacked as she made her way home.
Nineteen-year-old Chelsea Auton was punched in the face and knocked to the ground as she made her way to a taxi rank on York Road after a night out in Hartelpool town centre.
On Saturday night the hair stylist at Ronnie’s Barbers had been out celebrating her boss’s wedding at The Grand Hotel and had gone into town with friends. Around 3.30am on Sunday morning Miss Auton made her way to get a taxi home on York Road when she saw a male friend arguing with an unknown man,
She saw her friend being assaulted by the man and dragged him away, but was then chased by the attacker who punched her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
“I was just going to get a taxi when I saw my friend being assaulted,” she said.
“I saw there was a bit of an argument and went over to see if everything was alright, when I saw my friend fall to the floor on his face. I picked him up and we walked back, crossing York Road when a man hit me from behind and I fell forward. He punched me in the face and I cant remember anything after that.”
The pair were able to receive treatment at the One Life walk-in centre around 3.50am where Miss Auton was treated for a black eye and swollen face. Her friend received stitches to his skull and eyebrow.
“I just want to find out who it was who attacked me,” Ms Auton added,.
“I’m not frightened, just upset. I have never seen anything like this before and nothing like this has ever happened to me. My eye has got worse since yesterday-I’m not in pain but my sight is blurred and I am off work.”
Ms Auton believes her attacker is in his 40s.
A Cleveland Police Spokeswoman said: “Police received reports of a 19-year-old woman who was assaulted by a male believed to be in his 40s on Sunday 1st November at around 3.30am outside Sicilianos take-away shop on York Road in Hartlepool. The victim later received medical treatment at the One Life Centre in Hartlepool for bruising and pains to her eye. Police are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact PC Phillip Birdsall on the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.