A year ago today, Chloe Knapton thought her world had ended.

The young woman from Holmfirth was in hospital - the victim of an horrific and bloody bottle attack by a stranger.

Photos of her injuries shocked people across the country.

Now, exactly 12 months on, she is planning a new future teaching dancing and singing to youngsters with special needs.

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She has already been working with local Down Syndrome children and is already looking forward to starting her new business in earnest next month.

The physical scars of that brutal attack on April 16 last year have almost faded but the vivid memory of what happened still haunts Chloe.

But as the 22-year-old said: “I now have something really positive to focus on.

Andrew Shires given suspended sentence for his attack on Chloe Knapton
Andrew Shires given suspended sentence for his attack on Chloe Knapton

“What happened did hit my confidence but this is now my dream.

“I’m never going to forget what happened but it is on my mind less and all my energy is now going to be channelled into my business.”

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Holmfirth man Andrew Shires, 37, was given a suspended jail term for his attack on Chloe, who was in a car on her way home.

In addition to her facial injuries requiring stitches to her lips and around her nose, she had a deep cut to her shoulder and a deep wound to her neck. She spent three days in hospital before being allowed home initially on liquid food.

Her ordeal happened in New Road, Netherthong, at around 11.45pm when she was driving home behind her friend after an evening out.

Attack victim, Chloe Knapton of Holmfirth who is starting her musical dance and theatre company, Rising Stars for children with learning disabilities.

Chloe has been dancing since she was a child and works at the KT Dance Academy, but her hope is now she can make a success of Rising Stars.

“I have been doing some work with Down's Syndrome children and I love the reaction they have to music and dance.

“I have loved doing the job I do now but it is a dream to set up on my own and if I can work with children with special needs, it will mean so much to me.

“It is so rewarding and I have loved the feedback I have had from parents. They are so excited as am I about what we can do.

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“Some of the children I want to work with have Down's, others have autism,, but they are all so full of energy. I will be offering dancing and singing and I already have visions of putting on term-time concerts to showcase what they can do”.

Chloe has arranged taster sessions for June 2 at the Phoenix Squash Club in Honley and for July 9 at The Watershed in Slaithwaite.

“After a dreadful year I have so much to look forward to.

“My family and friends have been brilliant and I’m hoping that I can carry on with my own dance career as well as Rising Stars.”

For more details see www.facebook.com/pages/Rising-Stars

Attack victim, Chloe Knapton of Holmfirth who is starting her musical dance and theatre company, Rising Stars for children with learning disabilities.