Bar worker in attack horror

Donna Forrest, 23, was attacked in Leyland
Donna Forrest, 23, was attacked in Leyland

This is the shocking injury a young barmaid was left with after being attacked on a night out in Leyland.

Donna Forrest, 23, was left bloodied and bruised after a male thug punched her twice in Mill Street on Saturday night.

She noticed a woman, who was stood with him, laughing at her as she sobbed.

The victim was assaulted after she had been out with friends at the Wetherspoons bar on Hough Lane.

The man punched her in the face and then, as she got to her feet crying, he hit her again, knocking her to the ground.

This time she hit her head on a kerb which knocked her unconscious for a short time.

A taxi driver who witnessed the attack came to her aid and an ambulance was called.

The shaken victim, speaking from her home, said: “I had been out with friends. I was distressed and had had a drink.

“After meeting my sister in the Leyland Lion I decided to walk back to my friends’.

“As I got onto Mill Street I saw my attacker, who was with a woman.

“He hit me for no reason and then as I got up he hit me again and I was knocked out when I hit my head on the ground.”

She added: “I feel terrified to go out, I’m too afraid to even walk down the street alone.

“I used to regularly walk home at 2am after finishing my shift in Longton at the pub but I have had to take time off work.

“He needs to be caught before he does it to someone else. Who knows what else he could do?

“Next time it could be a lot worse.

“I want to ask anyone else who witnessed the attack to please tell the police no matter how small the details are.

“I don’t know if he was after stealing anything but nothing was taken from me, in fact the paramedics had to cut my handbag strap from my shoulder as I was holding it so tightly. I was just hurt.”

She added: “I’d had a drink so all I remember is that he was with a girl who was laughing at me because I was crying.

“It could have been someone I knew for all I know.”

Donna, who lives in Hutton and works at the Golden Ball in Longton, is appealing to readers to help catch the man before he attacks somebody else.

The man is described as 6ft, white, of medium build, with dark hair.

Sgt Mick Porter of Leyland Police, said: “It is unacceptable for a lone female to be attacked in this manner in the street.

“We are appealing for any witnesses, or any residents who may have useful CCTV footage, to contact us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.