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Emma Clark was punched by a male thug in front of her own mother and auntie when she was getting off a train in South Shields on Sunday night. The 27-year-old said: “It’s left me shaken. My self esteem has dropped. I don’t want to go out. “I want people to see what he’s done but I don’t want to walk around like this. I am just hoping the doctors can fix me.
“I was shocked. I felt like it happened so fast.
“I can’t even breathe out of my nose, it’s so hard.”
Ms Clark was stepping off a train at Simonside in South Shields, South Tyneside when the stranger approached and punched her repeatedly in the face.
The 27-year-old had been competing in the North East Calendar Girls Grand Final at House of Smith in Newcastle city centre having made it to the final 75 from 1000 girls.
Ms Clark said: ‘It was a horrible end to a lovely night.
She said: “It’s a canny bad break, it’s squashed against my face. It’s awful.
“It’s painful. It’s numb but it’s a horrible feeling. My eyes starting to go really black. I haven’t been able to sleep at all.
“If my mam hadn’t got her phone out and said she was going to take a photo he could have done a lot worse.
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“And if I had been on alone it could have been an even more awful attack.”
Her mum, Trish Clark, 45 and her auntie, Paula Ray, 43 witnessed the brutal attack.
Ms Clark recently completed a mental health nursing degree and was looking for her dream job.
She said: “I was waiting for a job interview and I was doing my driving lessons. Now I feel I can’t go out.
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“I have suffered low self esteem all my life and getting through to the final was a massive boost. It was a massive step forward I was so proud.
“I can’t look at myself anymore. It’s knocked me down again. It just feels like every time I go up the steps I get knocked back down.”
“We were walking and talking and he stopped us and said to me: ‘You live in Madras Street’
“I thought he was taking the mick because my hair is red and a Madras curry is red.
“I told him I’d never heard of the street. He was really angry, pointing his finger.
“Then he grabbed me and we both fell over. He sat on me and started punching my nose again and again.
“I heard a crack and felt the blood just trickling down.
“My mam had to grab him by the shirt and pull him off me.
“My aunty was already on the phone to 999.
“He ran off. I took my heels off and ran straight after him even though my nose was flowing with blood.
“I’m so thankful to my mam and and aunty that they got him off me. I dread to think what would have happened if I was on my own.
“I keep repeating it over and over in my head. I just hope the perpetrator is caught and brought to justice.”
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 11.55pm (on Sunday), police received a report of assault at an address on Collin Drive, South Shields.
“It was reported that a 27-year-old woman had sustained injuries to her nose after being assaulted.
“Officers attended and a 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault.
“He has been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.”
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