Cheshire woman dragged from car and brutally attacked by man she met online

A Cheshire woman was dragged from a car, beaten up and abandoned in the street after a night out.

The woman met up with friends for a drink at a venue in Worsley on September 17 and travelled from her home in Cheshire.

She invited a man she had been talking to on an online group chat but after the night out he brutally attacked her, which left her needing hospital treatment for serious facial injuries.

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The incident began when the man became ‘aggressive’ while giving the woman a lift home, which led to him dragging the woman out of the car and punching her in the face.

The victim has made a formal complaint to the police but five weeks after the incident, the GMP have not taken any action despite the woman providing a name and details of the suspect, the MEN reports.

A police chief has apologised for delays in investigating the case, adding that a senior officer will contact the victim.

The victim, who has asked not to be named, said: “He had asked me out on a date the Tuesday before. But I cancelled the day before. Then I told him I was going to be at this gathering in Worsley and I said meet us there.

“The evening was fine. I had a few drinks and he had a couple. He had booked a hotel locally but at the end of the night he said he would drive me home and my friends were returning to my house in another car. “

She added: “We left the place and went off walking to his car. He said he couldn’t find it. We must have spent 15 minutes looking for it. I had a bit of a go at him saying ‘how can you not know where you have put your car.’

“He told me to get an Uber. I said ‘no, the least you can do is take me home. What kind of person leaves a girl alone at 2.30am in Salford.”

They eventually found the car, which was near the venue where they had spent the evening.

The victim says they got into the vehicle but after driving only a short distance her date became aggressive and told her to get out of the car.

“I was on the phone to my friend telling her we were heading back and he was being rude to her. He stopped the car, and was trying to grab hold of my legs. He then grabbed my hair. I came out of the car and said ‘what the f*** do you think you are doing’.

“He then punched me a couple of times in the face. He hit me again when I was on the ground. My skin was broken. In my book it was GBH. He then drove off and I was in despair because my phone was still in his car being charged.”

Unbeknown to the victim the attacker had hurled her phone from his car and a few minutes later she heard it ringing in the road where she had been abandoned.

She managed to call her friend who drove back to rescue her and she took selfies of her injuries at the time she was left – 2.50am on September 18.

She had been left in the driveway of Broad Oak Park Garden Centre on Worsley Road.

The victim, aged 36, said: “I’m embarrassed. I should have known better than to jump in a car with a man I don’t know.

“At the end of the day I have made some wrong decisions. But I don’t think I took in the severity of all this at first. It has only recently dawned on me how horrendous this was.”

A week after the attack the victim says the alleged culprit rang her up.

“He asked if I was OK,” she said. “He said his actions were self defence. I said ‘what, you dragged me out of of the car in the middle of the night’. He claimed he had never laid a finger on anyone. I told him he would be hearing from the police.”

She was later told by a friend that the same man had consequently been on an online streaming room chatting up another woman.

To recover from her ordeal the victim went to her parents home in Yorkshire. She said a few days later she gave a three-hour phone interview to police in Yorkshire.

“I later checked and found out that GMP had received that phone interview on September 23,” she said. “Since then nothing has happened. It was soul destroying. I was prepared to let it go in the end because I was sick and tired of the police not doing anything. I lost all faith in them.”

She made a formal complaint to GMP earlier this month.

The victim’s ex husband who looked after her, and stayed with at Salford Royal Hospital and later Stepping Hill Hospital on the night of the attack, said: “She recognises she has made basic mistakes on the night. But this man dragged her out a car and kicked ten bells out of her and left her in the middle of Salford, taunted her afterwards with a phone call, and the next day was again in dating sites talking to other women.

The victim of a vicious attack in Salford. She was hauled from a car by her hair; punched, and then left in the street at 2.50am

“I am dismayed at the police response. My ex is a lovely wonderful person. She is not aggressive and for this to happen is heartbreaking. She would never provoke anyone. I think the police were negligent and most importantly I want this guy arrested.

“The police called her today and they told her they’re still awaiting for her to make a statement

“She made a statement on September 21, on many calls they confirmed they had this statement and now they are saying they don’t.

“If they have lost the statement, why have they not contacted her again for another statement”

Chief Superintendent Shaun Donnellan, of GMP’s Salford division, said: “Firstly I would like to say that this was an absolutely horrific experience for the victim. She was assaulted after meeting friends on a night out, which is completely unacceptable and not something that anyone should have to be subject to.

“Whilst we originally made attempts to visit the victim in hospital, unfortunately she left prior to police attendance. We have since worked with colleagues in South Yorkshire to make contact with the victim where she was staying with her parents.

“In the process of transferring the crime back to GMP, delays were experienced which we sincerely apologise for.

“I would like to make it clear that we do not take reports of this nature lightly, and a senior officer will be in touch with the victim today.”

Cheshire Live – Cheshire