A young woman savagely beaten in a city centre street during a night out has claimed police allowed her attacker to slip through their fingers.
The 22-year-old needed hospital treatment and has been left traumatised after being attacked twice by the same woman in an apparent fit of jealousy.
But she alleged officers called to the scene in Friargate, Preston spoke to her assailant and then allowed her to leave without taking her name and address.
“I’m not going to diss the police because they have been marvellous since that night trying to track down who did this to me,” said the office worker who asked to remain anonymous. “But I’m surprised they just talked to her and let her go.”
Officers have renewed an appeal for witnesses to the attack at around 2.30 am on Sunday May 5. They have released new CCTV images of the woman they want to speak to.
The victim, who is now too afraid to go into Preston city centre at night, fears the attack followed a conversation she and her friends had with a group of young men in Mac’s Bar.
Later a woman followed her out into the street and attacked her, dragging her into Orchard Street before punching, kicking and stamping on her.
“I remember crawling out of the alley and trying to walk up the street, but she came at me again,” she recalled. “That’s when the police got involved but, even though I was bleeding, they just let her go.
“It was horrible. A detective who watched the CCTV said it was like a horror film. I ended up covered in bruises.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.