A BRAVE woman who was viciously attacked by a crazed knifeman says she feared she could have died if she hadn’t fought him off.
“There’s a lunatic out there,” warned Jade Vallantine who was walking to work when the knife-wielding thug launched his terrifying attack.
The man had been loitering in an alleyway off Elizabeth Street in central Blackpool. As she walked past him, he ran up behind her and put a blade to the back of her neck.
The courageous 25-year-old, who is a member of door staff at a Blackpool nightclub, elbowed her attacker in the stomach and fought him off until she managed to grab the weapon and throw it away.
She said: “There’s a lunatic out there, I’m worried he might strike again if he isn’t caught. I’m always looking over my shoulder now. I don’t want it to happen to anyone else – if it happened to an older lady, they wouldn’t have a chance.”
The attack happened at 10.20pm on Friday January 21 as Mrs Vallantine was walking to the Shell garage on Talbot Road before then making her way to work.
She said: “I saw a man in an alleyway as I was walking along and as I levelled up to him he shouted ‘Oi bouncer’ and came up behind me. All I could see was the knife, he was pointing it at my neck.
“I put a blow in his stomach to push him back but got dragged into the alleyway. He still had hold of me, I had to fight him. I wasn’t ready to give up.
“We must have been fighting for five minutes, it felt like forever.
“I thought he was going to stick the knife in my neck.
“He was going for my throat with the knife so I put my chin down. He sliced me around eight times on my face, he was getting closer and closer.”
Terrified Mrs Vallantine, who is from central Blackpool, took eight punches to her head as she grappled with the knifeman. She managed to get hold of the knife and threw it away before running off while her attacker was staggering to his feet.
She suffered lacerations to her chin and cheeks. She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where the cuts were treated with butterfly stitches. She now faces an agonizing wait to see if her injuries will leave lasting scars.
She added: “I was so confused but I legged it. I went to work and my boss rang the police. I had blood all over my face. I had to go back to the hospital on Wednesday because the pain was too much. I’ve had so many blows to my head, I’ve got to take it easy.”
Police have conducted house to house inquiries, trawled CCTV and carried out forensic investigations.
DS Jane Atkinson, of Blackpool Police, said: “We are appealing for anyone with information to contact us.
“We are also appealing for a man to come forward who was on Seed Street car park shortly after the attack and asked the victim whether she was okay.”
The attacker is described as between 28 and 35-years-old, white, 5ft 9in tall, with short brown hair shaved at the sides and longer on top.
He was wearing light blue jeans, a navy blue zip up tracksuit top with an elastic ﬂeece cuff and neck, with a white stripe round.
His footwear is described as black Puma velcro fastening trainers.
He also had pock marked skin.
The knife had a thin, diamond shaped blade.
Anyone with information is urged to call Blackpool CID, on (01253) 293933 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.