Girls night attack on Tory councillor

A FRENZIED attack by a teenage girl left a Tory councillor with ripped clothing and a wound to her neck.Liz Harsant, 58, was attacked as she walked along Tower Churchyard in Ipswich with friends after a night out at Churches Wine Bar.

A FRENZIED attack by a teenage girl left a Tory councillor with ripped clothing and a wound to her neck.

Liz Harsant, 58, was attacked as she walked along Tower Churchyard in Ipswich with friends after a night out at Churches Wine Bar.

"A young girl came charging down the road towards me screaming hysterically. I wondered what on earth was wrong with her.

"She came right up to me, grabbed me and really went for me. She was lashing out at me and she tore my top and scratched me on the neck.


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"Fortunately a friend intervened and helped. If she hadn't I dread to think what would have happened to me. She was very violent and aggressive," said Mrs Harsant.

The unprovoked attack happened at about 11pm on Thursday and spoilt what had been a very enjoyable evening for the group of friends.

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Mrs Harsant, who is also a conservative councillor for Holywells ward, said it was not until after the attack that she realised how serious things could have been for her and her friends.

"We were all over come by the incident. It was quite upsetting and very shocking, but what was really disappointing was that there was not a police officer in sight.

"Labour at the moment are very much promoting crime and this is a fine example of how it is not being prevented," she said.

As a result of this incident the 58-year-old says she has reconsidered her personal safety while out in the town.

"From now on I am going to make sure that I get dropped and picked up directly outside the restaurant or pub that I am at. I am not going to put myself at risk."

Police are appealing for information and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or who witnessed the incident to contact them immediately.

Anyone with information should call Pc Debbie Keeble at Ipswich police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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