Plea over horrific injuries

Emily Nickson before and after the incident at a Blackpool club.
Emily Nickson before and after the incident at a Blackpool club.
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These pictures show how a young woman looked before and after a shocking incident while on a night out with friends.

Emily Nickson has been left disfigured after she says she was punched by a man in an unprovoked attack in Flamingo nightclub on Queen Street, Blackpool.

Police are now investigating the incident and appealing for witnesses to come forward.

And the 20-year-old has fiercely denied claims from club lawyers that her injuries were caused when she fell over on Friday, November 8, at around 3.30am.

In a Blackpool Council licensing meeting on Friday, November 22, a solicitor for the club said there was “nothing to say it was an assault at the time”.

But Miss Nickson maintains that as she danced with a friend on the main dance floor she was attacked by a stranger – the force of the blow knocking three of her front teeth out and leaving her unconscious.

The former pupil of Poulton’s Baines High School has been left devastated and is now fearing a £3,000 bill to pay for replacement teeth.

She said: “I was dancing with a friend and he said something like the guy behind was giving him dirty looks.

“I turned round and the next thing I know I’m holding my teeth in my hand.

“I was knocked out, not for a long time maybe under 10 seconds, and I came to on the floor.

“I just remember holding my face, I was just in shock and screaming. It was the worst pain I’ve ever been in, there was blood all over my clothes.”

The blood covered Emily’s favourite bright yellow top, which she hopes might now jog people’s memories from the night.

However, club boss Basil Newby’s solicitor Tim Shield said at the licensing hearing: “Two DJs were on duty around the dance floor. They say they saw nothing unusual.

“Generally if there is a fight, people move away.

“There was nothing to say it was an assault at the time. She fell over.

“There is no evidence to say it was an assault. The CCTV doesn’t show anything happened.”

Det Con Neil Smith, of Blackpool CID, said: “The assault has understandably had an effect on both the physical as well as psychological welfare of this young woman.

“The club and stage area were very busy at the time of the offence and it is important we establish the full facts around what happened and identify the man involved.”

The man is believed to be slim build with blond hair.

Anybody who witnessed the incident or with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Blackpool Police on 101.

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