A teenager has spoken of the horrific attack which has left her too terrified to leave her home.
Esther Carr, from Amble, was left bruised and mentally scarred after she was assaulted just yards from her own front door on Saturday morning.
The 17-year-old was walking in Church Street at around 2.30am when she was approached from behind by a man, who hit her in the face. The attacker then ran off.
She said she did not see who attacked her. She was so terrified, she ran home.
Now Esther and her mother Carly Henderson are appealing for support and information from anyone who knows about the incident.
Esther told the Gazette that she had been in Alnwick with some friends and was dropped off on Church Street, close to her home. She was about to turn into her street when she was confronted.
I am concerned that the people of Amble maybe under the impression that they are living in a violent crime hotspot which is not the case.Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott
She said: “I think it’s a good idea for the situation to be put out there, so if anyone has seen anything they might be more likely to come forward.”
Amble’s Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott commented on the situation saying ‘although this is a dreadful incident for Ms Carr and her family I need to stress this is a very unusual incident for Amble where the level of recorded violent crime has never been lower.’
“I am concerned that the people of Amble maybe under the impression that they are living in a violent crime hotspot which is not the case.”
Carly said that they’ve had a great amount of support from friends, but those who didn’t know it was Esther who was attacked have claimed on social media that she was ‘probably’ heavily intoxicated at the time of the attack.
She said: “I’ve lived in Amble all my life and I know what people are like, but to have people question the fact that she was out at that time of the morning before she was hit by someone is annoying.
“They should be helping by trying to catch who’s done it so it doesn’t happen again.”
Esther, who is still shook up by the incident, said: “I was terrified so I just ran home, I didn’t even see who it was, I was that scared.”
The teenager was so stunned by the incident that it wasn’t until the next morning that she alerted her mother to the attack.
“She was in tears when she came down in the morning,” Carly said. “It could have been so much worse, he could have knocked her out and she could have been lying there all night.
“She just came down and said, ‘mam, someone smacked me this morning when I was coming round the corner’.
Since the attack, Esther said she has been struggling to sleep and her mother has become extra vigilant in making sure they are in constant contact with each other.
Carly said the police told them the camera may have not been in use, but upon further investigation, Northumberland County Council has said the camera has ‘recently experienced some technical problems’.
A spokeswoman said this ‘may have resulted in it not functioning correctly on the day of the incident’.
Anyone who has information on the incident should contact the police via 101 ext 69191, quoting reference number sn 448 07/03/15.