This is the battered face of a Burnley grandma who was badly beaten with a plank of wood in an attack in the street.
Mrs Jacqueline Christie (50) was savagely hit around the head and body and then kicked when she fell to the ground and has been in hospital since last week’s attack. She had to be rescued by neighbours who ran to her aid when they saw a man attacking her with the wood.
Her elderly mother, Mrs Jean Ridge, said her daughter had 16 stitches in her head, cuts and bruises all over her body, a damaged hip and two broken fingers and a thumb from trying to protect her head from a rain of blows.
Mrs Ridge (77), of Brunswick Street, Burnley, said: “She is in a lot of pain and still undergoing treatment and was waiting for a CT scan. She was hit all over her body and her fingers were broken when she tried to protect her head.”
Her mother, two sons and other family members have been daily visiting the mum of two in the Royal Preston Hospital where she was taken following the attack at 4pm on Tuesday, March 3rd, in Springfield Road, Burnley Wood.
Her mother said Jacqueline had gone to the house to discuss a family member and knocked on the window. A man came out holding a plank of wood and, without saying anything, began beating her with it. “My daughter doesn’t know him and says she didn’t say a word to him, he just started hitting her. She was terrified. It was a horrific attack, he was kicking her when she was on the floor. She was only rescued when neighbours heard the commotion and ran to help her. Then he ran inside until the police came.
“All the family are really upset. Jacquie looks after her grandchildren and the family have been going over to Preston every day to see her.”
A police spokesman confirmed the attack on Mrs Christie, who lives in Dall Street, and said a man had been arrested at the scene.