Woman, 21, left scared to go out after being beaten up by man at a nightclub

By James Robinson & Tim Hanlon

A woman says she is now scared to go out after being beaten up by a man at club on New Year's Eve.

Yazmin Flowers, from the West Midlands, said she was attacked in the VIP area of Chinawhite in Newcastle after she refused to give a man her Snapchat contact, reported ChronicleLive.

The 21-year-old claimed the man initially slapped her before attacking her again after she returned to confront him.

She said: "He asked me for my Snapchat and I said no. He looked at me then slapped me across the face.

"I burst into tears and went to the toilets. A friend followed me in and I told her what happened.

The 21-year-old sustained damage to her lip on the night out (Handout)
She was attacked on an evening with friends in Newcastle (Handout)

"My friend went up to him to confront him and then it all happened so fast - he must have punched me at least three times in the face.

"He then hit my friend and caused her to smash her phone. He really hurt her jaw.

"I go out quite a lot, but now I don't want to go out ever again. It was so uncalled for.

"I'm not even from Newcastle. I live in the West Midlands and I've never even been to Newcastle before."

Yazmin says she was left with a cut lip, a swollen eye, multiple bruises and a cut finger after the attack and needed to go to A&E.

She claims Chinawhite staff did not remove the man she says attacked her from the premises - although the club has maintained it did everything right in the situation.

The young woman was left with a swollen eye and multiple bruises (Handout)
She also badly hurt her hand and needed to go to needed to go to A&E (Handout)

Yazmin continued: "It was awful. It hurts to eat, it literally kills. He must have knocked me out because I only remember being hit once but I have injuries in different parts of my face.

"I always see this happening to other people but I didn't think it would happen to me.

"The way he did it, he was so confident. It was like he knew he wouldn't get kicked out. I can't believe people have had to deal with him.

"Before this I was out 24/7, I go out all the time but I literally haven't left the house since. I did get really scared and I can't ever imagine going clubbing again.

"It's made worse by the fact nobody helped - me and my friend are both tiny and nobody helped. It was horrible."

Chinawhite, famed as a celebrity hotspot in London and Manchester, only opened its Newcastle branch in December.

A spokesman for Chinawhite group said: "On New Year’s Eve one of our female guests was sadly involved in an altercation with another patron at our Newcastle branch.

"Any occurrence of this type is terrible and shocking and, as one would expect, we have policies and procedures in place in order to help and to protect our guests, particularly any injured parties.

"Following an extensive investigation, we can confirm that all of our operational policies were followed and our staff did all that they could to assist the guest, including providing first aid, the support of management and security and undertaking a full internal investigation.

"She was not left unaccompanied nor was she unconscious at any time, as is visible on CCTV.

"Security and management immediately endeavoured to see if the perpetrator remained on the premises in order to apprehend him but without the assistance of a visual identification and only a vague description available, this did not prove possible."

Northumbria Police have confirmed they are investigating the attack.

A spokesperson said: “On January 2 we received a report of an assault which was said to have taken place the previous day (January 1) at an address on Fenkle Street, Newcastle, in the early hours.

“Enquires are on-going into the incident.”


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