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Arrest after bottle smashes car window

Police have made an arrest in connection with an incident in Stanley on the 14th February which resulted in a nine-year-old girl receiving facial injuries. Abbie Keers needed hospital treatment after a glass bottle smashed the passenger window of the family car on the A693.

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Bottled girl on the road the recovery

A brave nine-year-old girl who needed surgery after she was scarred and almost blinded by a beer bottle thrown into the car she was travelling in has made a remarkable recovery, her grandmother said.

Abbie Keers joined her friends for a gymnastics tournament and came second less than two days after she was attacked in Stanley.

Sandra Webb was driving her daughter and two grandchildren to a walk-in medical centre in her Fiat Punto through Stanley when there was a loud bang.

"I heard a loud explosion.

"I pulled over and Abbie was screaming, her hands were covering her face and there was blood.

"It was not until my daughter opened the door and saw the bottle in the front foot well that we could see what had happened.

"It was thrown with some force.

"Abbie was hysterical and we rang for an ambulance and the police."

– Sandra Webb

Abbie was showered with glass from the front passenger window which cut her forehead, nose, hands and around her right eye.

Mrs Webb said her granddaughter was shy and quiet yet determined and refused to let her injury stop her competing at gymnastics today, where she came second.

"She could have been blinded and we are very lucky she was not. I think the reason she was not was because she was dozing off and her eyes were closed.

"She will have some small permanent scarring.

"I don't know how they can protect someone who can maim a child like that. If they don know who it is, they should contact the police."

– Sandra Webb

Appeal for witnesses to 'mindless act'

The bottle was thrown at a car along this stretch of road Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A nine year old girl needed hospital treatment after a bottle was thrown through the window of a car she was travelling in, showering her with glass.

Abbie Keers was being driven along the A693 in Stanley when she was injured.

Police have described it as a 'mindless act' and are appealing for witnesses.

The area where the bottle was thrown Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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