A CARER who was subjected to a violent, random attack as she helped a client through a busy Huddersfield park has spoken of the ordeal.
Holly Clearey, 20, had to be taken to hospital after she was assaulted by 18-year-old Kim Rushworth as she walked through Greenhead Park in daylight.
As reported in the Examiner on October 14, Rushworth, of Manchester Road in Milnsbridge, admitted the assault. She was given 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £171 in compensation by Huddersfield magistrates.
Now Holly has questioned the level of security in the park – currently undergoing a £5.4m revamp – and voiced concern that she was left to fend for herself for 10 minutes while people looked on.
She said: “No-one did anything. I’m just so angry no-one came to help us.
“There were plenty of people walking past, sunbathing and just sitting and watching on the hillside, and no-one could have cared less.”
Holly, who works for a private care company, was walking from Greenhead into town with a 33-year-old woman who has mild learning difficulties at about 6.30pm on July 2 when the incident happened.
Rushworth and another girl started hurling abuse at the two women, before Rushworth started threatening Holly after she looked at her.
Holly said: “We were both trembling, we could hardly move.
“She pushed me around to face her and was shouting loads of abuse at me.
“The other one was egging her on to hit me. The woman I was with went and hid behind a tree. She was crying her eyes out.
“That’s when she punched me.”
For the next 10 minutes, Holly was repeatedly punched and scratched by Rushworth. Her earrings were also ripped out during the attack.
Holly said she managed to stay on her feet despite attempts to pull her to the ground.
She called to a group of men to help, but they walked on.
“I was seeing stars,” she added.
“I remember screaming because no-one was helping me.”
After about 10 minutes a woman walked over and asked the girls to stop fighting.
Holly told her what was happening and Rushworth and the other girl walked off.
The police were called and arrived within minutes and arrested the two girls.
Holly was given oxygen by paramedics and had to be put in a wheelchair after her foot swelled up. She was treated at hospital for concussion and cuts and bruises.
She said: “I found it shocking that there were so many people around and no-one did anything.”
And she added she was concerned CCTV cameras near the Trinity Street entrance to the park, near where she was attacked, were not working.
She said: “The security in the park needs to be better. People I’ve spoken to don’t come to Greenhead Park any more, because it’s got a bad reputation.”
A Kirklees spokesman said: “The CCTV cameras currently in Greenhead Park are there to protect the equipment being used to undertake the restoration work and not for any other purpose.
“There are security measures planned over the next two years which will be installed as part of the restoration scheme.
“These include fully fencing the area and installing lockable gates plus installing CCTV on the main thoroughfares”.