A terrified mother today told how she has been left too scared to leave her own home after claims she was brutally attacked by two other women at a party.
Melanie Langley, 39, was at a house party when she says the women launched their assault.
Ms Langley, a mother-of-two, claims she had her face stamped on by a woman wearing a stiletto heel, leaving her face with horrific scars.
The ordeal left her needing hospital treatment, and now she says she has been left terrified of leaving her home in case she bumps into the women again.
Police today told The Gazette that, at this stage, they do not have enough evidence to charge anyone with assault – but added the investigation remains open and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Ms Langley, who lives in Great Eccleston, said: “I was backed into a corner and one grabbed my hair and pushed me to the floor, then the other stamped on my head.
“I was supposed to start a job on Monday, but I couldn’t leave the house for two weeks.
“I’ve had to get my hair cut off, but the police have told me there’s not enough evidence and the case is closed.
“My hair is everything. I don’t want to go out the house for people to see the way I look.
“At the moment I have no confidence at all and I don’t want to go out.”
Ms Langley admits the ordeal, which happened at around 9.30pm at a party thrown by friends on February 2, has not only left her with physical scars, but the mental affects of the attack have harmed her whole family.
She says it is only now, as the police investigation has stalled, that she has felt able to speak out.
And she insists she has no idea why she was targeted by the pair.
She added: “It’s been horrific and affected my family.
“I live in a village, my daughter works there and we are all worried about staying here.
“My son has been crying at school and I’ve had teachers ringing me asking if he’s OK. I’ve not socialised or gone out apart from work since this happened.”
Ms Langley was at the party with her partner Micheal Crossley, 40, and a friend.
They decided to go after Mr Crossley bumped into a friend in a village pub who told him about the gathering.
But he says he was horrified to burst into the living room after hearing screams to see the attack taking place.
He said: “As soon as they saw her they took a dislike to her. We didn’t even know the two girls.
“Me and my friend had gone into the kitchen to pour a lager and we heard screaming going on. We came out of the kitchen and it was so horrific it was untrue.
“They had her on the floor and one of them was pulling her hair and one of them was stamping on her with a heel. As soon as she got up her head was swelling up, and there was blood everywhere.”
Mr Crossley says after he managed to break the fight up, they left and he called police when they arrived home.
“As soon as the police turned up, they interviewed her. She said she was not going to press charges but the day after, as soon as she saw her injuries, she changed her mind.”
Mr Crossley says her partner went to hospital the following day to be assessed and has since had counselling.
“To be honest it has affected us all,” he added. “It has been terrible. Some days she has come home hysterical and crying. For my son and my daughter to see her crying is not nice.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
She said: “The assault was thoroughly investigated, and a 22-year-old woman voluntarily attended a police station and was spoken to as part of the enquiry.
“All the available evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service, who advised police that there was insufficient evidence to charge.
“If anybody has any information which they believe could assist with this investigation, they are asked to call police on 101.”