Attacked by a thug in her own garden

Laura Crane, who was attacked in her own garden at Thornton, holding a piece of wood similar to the one which was used against her.
Laura Crane, who was attacked in her own garden at Thornton, holding a piece of wood similar to the one which was used against her.
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A WOMAN today re-lived the terrifying moment a thug attacked her in her own garden as she arrived home from a party.

Laura Crane, 26, is now recovering after being hit over the head with a log when she was returning from a party at a friend’s house.

Laura received some minor bruising after the frightening encounter at her house in Tarn Road, Thornton, but was luckily able to escape to the safety of her car – which she locked until the emergency services were able to get to the scene.

She told The Gazette: “I’d had a quiet night and I got home, I had a couple of bags with me. Then I just got struck with something.

“At first I thought it was a baseball bat but it’s more likely it was a log out of the garden. It’s pretty bad, I dropped everything and ran back into the car and locked everything.

“I rang my sister and told her to put on the lights because there was someone outside. We’ve been burgled a couple of times but I didn’t expect to see someone about three feet from our front door.”

Due to the lack of light in the area Laura says she was unable to get a good look at her attacker.

She said: “I’m only 5ft 5in tall but from the angle of it coming down on me he must have been a tall guy. I’m worried because it could have happened to my mum.”

The shocking incident took place at around 1.30am on Sunday.

Her father Malcolm, 61, said: “Obviously she was shocked.

“At these times you get a lot of young girls wandering round places like Thornton and Poulton.

“The guy could hit somebody else over the head – where’s he going to draw the line?

“This is the second time in four days someone’s tried to get it. We’ve had a perennial problem with burglars round here.”

Lancashire Police is currently investigating the incident.

A spokesman for the police said: “We are treating it as assault and we are looking into it.”

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Lancashire Police on 101.