Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 8 October 2015

Attacked mum out of hospital

by Natalie Irvine

Published 06/01/2011

A Bangor mother has been discharged from hospital after she was attacked in her home last week.

The woman in her 50s sustained severe head and facial injuries and a possible fractured skull when she was attacked at her home in the Ashbury Crescent area, shortly after 12.30am last Wednesday December 29.

Laura Williamson, a neighbour living on the victim’s street told the Community Telegraph: “We didn’t realise what had happened until we woke up and saw police tape everywhere and men coming and going in white suits — it was like a scene from CSI.

“I knew the woman who was attacked to see, and my mother would speak to her sometimes — she is a lovely woman, a perfectly nice neighbour and it’s horrible to know what has happened to her, all our thoughts go out to her.

“Nothing ever happens in our street and it’s mostly people with young families or old people that live in this area. When I walked past her house after the police had left there were blood smears still across her front door — it’s such a terrible thing for the children who live in this street to see.”

Police arrested a 40-year-old female in connection with the alleged assault last Wednesday (December 29.) She was questioned, then later released on bail pending further inquiries. Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the |assault.

DUP North Down MLA Alex Easton said: “I totally condemn this assault. There is no place for this sort of activity in society. I appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward without delay to the police.”

Local Alliance councillor Ann Wilson said: “It is a quiet area and I was very surprised that something like this would happen, especially at his time of year. I really hope that the victim fully recovers. Obviously, if she has sustained a fractured skull, it is a very serious injury.”

DUP MLA Peter Weir said: “This is a shocking incident, particularly during the Christmas season. The woman and her family would certainly be in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”

Anyone who may be able to help the PSNI in their investigation is asked to call them on 0845600800.

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