Pretty teen brutally beaten in Cirencester attack

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Alex Nolan was still unable to see out of one of her eyes three days after the attack in Cirencester Alex Nolan was still unable to see out of one of her eyes three days after the attack in Cirencester

A STUNNING Cirencester teenager needed reconstructive surgery after she was punched, kicked and stamped in the face in a vicious attack.

Alex Nolan, a bar manager at The Fleece, was left lying on the ground in an unconscious and bloodied state in Swan Yard at around 1am on Saturday, February 16.

The 19-year-old’s nose had been broken in two places and her cheekbone and eye socket were so badly crushed that she may need a metal plate put into her face.

But the most shocking part for Alex was that her attacker was a friend.

“I trusted him,” she said. “He’d been in a fight earlier that night and I took him to Swan Yard to calm him down.

“We were having a laugh and everything was fine. The next moment he flipped out. I turned around and he punched me in the back of my head.

“I think he must have knocked me out in the first punch because the next thing I remember was waking up on the ground with lots of people around me. Everything was a blur.”

While Alex, who is 5ft 6ins and weighs just over seven stone, lay unconscious on the ground her attacker, who was described as a “big and stocky lad” was reported to have carried on punching her in the head.

One of the teenager’s female friends found him on top of her and tried desperately to intervene. This was reportedly when he started to kick the back of Alex’s head, lacerating her skull, and stamp down on her face with enough force to detach her eye socket from her cheekbone.

The former Cirencester College student temporarily lost her vision in one eye and her head wounds were so severe that doctors at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital feared she might have suffered brain damage.

Recovering at her Beeches home, Alex told the Standard: “I cried instantly when I first saw my face in the mirror. It was horrible to think I was going to be like that forever. It didn’t look like me.”

She added that she had been in constant pain since the attack and was afraid to leave her house because of her battered appearance.

“I haven’t left the house much because when I first came out of hospital I got stared at a lot. When my friends saw me they’d start crying – it’s been really upsetting. I just want my normal life back.”

Her parents, Ann and Andy, said it been “heartbreaking.”

“It was so malicious and nasty, you just can’t comprehend it,” dad Andy said. “It’s our baby daughter – we just feel numb.”

Hundreds of messages of support and horror have poured on to the teenager’s Facebook page following the attack and her home now “looks like a florist” because of all the flowers and gifts that have been posted.

“I’m really thankful for everyone’s support,” Alex said. “It’s just been amazing and it’s helped me so much.”

A 20-year-old man, currently living in Swindon, was picked up by police on the A419 in Cirencester at around 3.20am on Saturday, February 16. He has been arrested in connection with the attack and has been bailed until March 4, pending further enquiries.

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3:27pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Cotswold Lad says...

I have great sympathy for Alex, but I'm not 100% comfortable with the Standard for using words like "Stunning" as if it is a worse crime to hurt an attractive person.
The man who did this (and I use the word 'man' with hesitation as he's clearly closer to being an animal) should be given a strong sentence, but I am waiting for his justification of either being so drunk he doesn't remember, or of having a troubled past.
Truly hope that Alex recovers physically and mentally.
I have great sympathy for Alex, but I'm not 100% comfortable with the Standard for using words like "Stunning" as if it is a worse crime to hurt an attractive person. The man who did this (and I use the word 'man' with hesitation as he's clearly closer to being an animal) should be given a strong sentence, but I am waiting for his justification of either being so drunk he doesn't remember, or of having a troubled past. Truly hope that Alex recovers physically and mentally. Cotswold Lad
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4:40pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Ciren234 says...

@Cotswold Lad... because being drunk or troubled would justify this? Drunken people roam Cirencester every weekend and none of them beat teengage girls to a pulp.
My heart goes out to Alex at this awful time.
@Cotswold Lad... because being drunk or troubled would justify this? Drunken people roam Cirencester every weekend and none of them beat teengage girls to a pulp. My heart goes out to Alex at this awful time. Ciren234
  • Score: 1

11:06am Fri 1 Mar 13

Cotswold Lad says...

Of course being drunk doesn't justify such an attack. My point was that so many people, nowadays, seem to rely on this as their defence for mindless violent actions.
Of course being drunk doesn't justify such an attack. My point was that so many people, nowadays, seem to rely on this as their defence for mindless violent actions. Cotswold Lad
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Fri 1 Mar 13

CirenGirl22 says...

I also have to agree with Cotswold lad. My first thought when reading this was, although I feel a great deal of sympathy for this girl I am not at all comfortable with The Standards use of the words "stunning" and "pretty" because I don't think it's at all relevant to the story. Now a days there is far too great a focus on looks and as Cotswold lad said, the usage of these words almost makes out that its a worse crime to attack an attractive person.
I also have to agree with Cotswold lad. My first thought when reading this was, although I feel a great deal of sympathy for this girl I am not at all comfortable with The Standards use of the words "stunning" and "pretty" because I don't think it's at all relevant to the story. Now a days there is far too great a focus on looks and as Cotswold lad said, the usage of these words almost makes out that its a worse crime to attack an attractive person. CirenGirl22
  • Score: 4

9:45am Mon 4 Mar 13

Iansky says...

What a sad affair and I just hope that Alex makes a full recovery both physically and emotionally.

Half of the problem is the leniency of the courts and impotence of the penal system and CPS, if these thugs regardless of excuses received a custodial sentence it may deter them from repeating the episode.

Our lawyers who defend them make a fortune from succesfully getting them off with a slapped wrist while pocketing huge sums often from the public purse, unfortunately they too have little amount of conscience / ethics or consideration for the victim and public as a whole.
What a sad affair and I just hope that Alex makes a full recovery both physically and emotionally. Half of the problem is the leniency of the courts and impotence of the penal system and CPS, if these thugs regardless of excuses received a custodial sentence it may deter them from repeating the episode. Our lawyers who defend them make a fortune from succesfully getting them off with a slapped wrist while pocketing huge sums often from the public purse, unfortunately they too have little amount of conscience / ethics or consideration for the victim and public as a whole. Iansky
  • Score: 1

2:31pm Mon 4 Mar 13

walterparkgate says...

The worrying thing is the perpetrator has been let out on bail, a fortnight in custody would have been a good start!

The offense must be more serious when a young girl is potentially disfigured, looks and self confidence are all important at that age but crucially drink releases inhibitions, and maybe, a long period of tagging and a 7 till 7 curfew is the answer for anyone proven incapable of reasonable behaviour when drunk.

I hope Alex recovers fully but I also hope this serves as a lesson to others that drunks are dangerous, and that all things considered Alex's injuries could so easily have been much worse.
The worrying thing is the perpetrator has been let out on bail, a fortnight in custody would have been a good start! The offense must be more serious when a young girl is potentially disfigured, looks and self confidence are all important at that age but crucially drink releases inhibitions, and maybe, a long period of tagging and a 7 till 7 curfew is the answer for anyone proven incapable of reasonable behaviour when drunk. I hope Alex recovers fully but I also hope this serves as a lesson to others that drunks are dangerous, and that all things considered Alex's injuries could so easily have been much worse. walterparkgate
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Pentheus says...

http://www.police.uk
/explore/?q=Cirences
ter,%20Gloucestershi
re%20GL7,%20UK&date=
2013-01

Look at the stats for "Court outcomes"on the "see your stats page"
The figures speak for themselves....
http://www.police.uk /explore/?q=Cirences ter,%20Gloucestershi re%20GL7,%20UK&date= 2013-01 Look at the stats for "Court outcomes"on the "see your stats page" The figures speak for themselves.... Pentheus
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Pentheus says...

If you find the link does not work
go to http://www.police.uk
/
and type Cirencester in the search bar...

It wont change the outcome figures but it does illustrate a very low figure ever gets to court let alone a conviction....

Cause and effect !

I hope Alex makes a speedy recovery and wish her the best........
If you find the link does not work go to http://www.police.uk / and type Cirencester in the search bar... It wont change the outcome figures but it does illustrate a very low figure ever gets to court let alone a conviction.... Cause and effect ! I hope Alex makes a speedy recovery and wish her the best........ Pentheus
  • Score: 1

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