£1k reward for 'attack' witnesses
PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 January 2011
A WOMAN who says she was the victim of an attack in Weston before Christmas is offering an £1,000 reward to witnesses who come forward.
The Mercury reported how Anne Heritage sustained facial injuries following the incident in Regent Street on December 21 – but was arrested on suspicion of affray along with three other people in the immediate aftermath.
She said that police had originally told her they had CCTV covering this part of the town, but she received a phone call last week from an officer who said they did not have any camera evidence.
Now, Anne, from Bridgwater, has offered an £1,000 reward to witnesses who give a statement to the police, which then leads to a conviction.
She told the Mercury: “There were quite a few people there who saw what happened and some of them said they would go to the police station at the time.
“I rushed to the station and a few women said they would follow but they didn’t end up going.”
Anne, aged 52, is appealing for people, who saw the incident near Sweet Memories at around 4pm, to come forward.
She said she had travelled to Weston to go Christmas shopping with her friend and as she was driving down Beach Road she saw a man beating his dog.
Anne said she asked him to stop hitting his pet but he pushed her into the road and walked off.
A few minutes later she saw the woman who had been with the man walking into town, and she followed her to Regent Street when she was confronted by a group of people.
She told the Mercury she was then kicked, punched, had her eyes gouged and phone stolen.
Anne, who sustained a cracked rib and contracted an eye infection following the incident, said: “I have been very shaken since this happened and feel nervous about going out.”
Witnesses can contact police on 0845 4567000.