A GANG of women dragged a grandmother by her hair into the middle of the road and viciously attacked her.
Janet Morley, of Salendine Nook, was kicked and punched by a group of up to seven women in an unprovoked attack outside a Huddersfield pub.
Having just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Mexico, the 51-year-old was still in ‘holiday spirit’ and decided to go for a quiet drink with her partner in their local pub, the Black Bull at Lindley.
As the pub closed, she headed outside to get her taxi and was set upon by the large group of women aged around 25, who later jumped in nearby vehicles and hastily fled the scene.
She said: “It had been a really good night, we had been talking to a few people we knew and had had a nice time.
“It got to closing time so I rang a taxi and they rang back to say they were there, so we went outside.
“There was a group of six or seven girls standing in the entrance and I thought they were just waiting for a taxi.
“As I was crossing the road, one girl grabbed me by the hair from behind and pulled me on to the road.
“The others followed and joined in.
“I don’t really know what happened, I don’t know whether I passed out or what, but they viciously attacked me in the middle of the road.
“I can’t remember anything other than being hit by more than one person, it all happened so quick.
“Some ran into another taxi across the road and then three of them got in this van which had Floor to Ceiling Wardrobes across it.
“My partner desperately tried to call another taxi and, when we got home, we called the police.
“I just don’t understand it, there was no reason for it. I had not seen them all night, I had not spoken to them or even really noticed them as we were leaving the pub.
“There was nothing said that even made me turn around to see them.”
Janet was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary by the officers where she was X-rayed to make sure she hadn’t broken her nose or cheekbone.
She had stitches in her head, Steri-strips put across her cheeks and nose and also suffered two black eyes.
The finance manager said: “I have bumps and bruises all over my head and a terrible bruise at the top of my thigh – where I can only assume one of them kicked me.
“I am so exhausted and am only working half days at the moment.
“I have never been in a fight in my life or anything like it.
“This has made me very wary, I will be looking around all the time now to see what’s going on behind me.
“My daughter’s friend had been in the pub earlier and saw the group and she said that the group had been very rowdy.”
A West Yorkshire police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 00.20am on Sunday to reports of an assault at the Black Bull pub on West Street in Lindley.
“The victim was taken to HRI for treatment to facial injuries.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Huddersfield Police Station on 101.”
A spokesman for Spirit Pub Company, which owns the Black Bull, said: “We can confirm that an incident took place outside the Black Bull pub while it was closed on Saturday night.
“The police have been informed and we are assisting with their ongoing investigations.”