A young mum claims she was attacked by a thug after picking up a pizza takeaway, leaving her face dripping with blood.
Jade Grocott, 18, says she was struck on the head with “a sharp object” outside the Stoke-on-Trent pizza takeaway.
The mum-of-one had just picked up her food and was making her way home before the group allegedly carried out the attack around 1am on Friday, June 3.
She told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “Some lad was walking past at the same time and they started arguing with him. They pushed him to the ground and punched and kicked him.
"I went to challenge them when one of them turned around and hit me. At first I thought it was a punch but when I was in hospital I was told the injury had been caused by a sharp object.
"The lad got up off the floor and they chased him down the street. There was seven or eight of them.”
"I walked off and got on to the police straight away.”
However, the takeaway has denied any knowledge of any violence.
It says it asked two “drunk” women to leave the premises after they became “hostile”.
Photos and video footage show Jade's face dripping with blood from a gash to her eyebrow.
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Police took her to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where she had five stitches before being discharged.
Jade says the incident has left her too scared to leave her home.
She added: "I don't understand what happened. I have no idea who the other lad was, he was just walking past as far as I could tell. I don't know if they thought he was with me.
"I don't know why they did this to me. I've never had an issue there before.
"I'm too scared to leave my home now. I've been struggling to sleep since it happened. I just hope they are caught."
The takeaway says two women – thought to be Jade and her friend – had been swearing inside the business. It says they appeared to be having a problem with the man who was later attacked.
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A spokesman said: "We just locked up and went home. If anything happened after that I'm not aware. We love our customers and have never had a bad reputation."
Staffordshire Police are aware of Jade's call.
A spokesman said: "Police were called at 1.04am on Friday following reports of violence. Officers attended and a woman reported sustaining a facial injury following an altercation. She was conveyed to hospital for treatment."
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