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

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Girl scarred by thrown bottle

A 9 year old girl has been scarred after a bottle was thrown at the window of the car she was travelling in. It happened on the A693 in Stanley.