Glassed dancer backing appeal against attacker's sentence

Chloe before and shortly after the attack Credit: ITV News

An aspiring dancer whose career was cut short after she was glassed in the face as she sat in her car says she's backing an appeal against her attacker's sentence.

Chloe Knapton, who is 21, was a former Miss Dance UK finalist and had planned to perform on cruise ships. She suffered severe cuts to her face and neck when Andrew Shires launched a bottle at her in Holmfirth near Huddersfield in April.

37-year-old Shires was spared an immediate jail term and walked free from court on Tuesday - even though he himself expected to be put behind bars.

Andrew Shires told ITV News he was surprised to avoid a jail sentence Credit: ITV News

Shires was given credit for his early guilty plea, and that he had avoided trouble with the law for 14 years. Speaking outside court, he told ITV News that he had "overreacted".

Satpal Roth, a lawyer who specialises in appeal hearings told ITV News that sometimes sentences can be seen as too lenient, which is why the law allows for an appeal to be made to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Chloe (left) and her mother, Allyson, say they're backing an appeal against her attacker's sentence Credit: ITV News

Chloe says since the attack she has been scared to go alone outside after dark. The cuts to her face have changed her life forever and she has put her future plans on hold.

Chloe now has 28 days in which to launch an appeal to the CPS over the length of her attacker's sentence.

The CPS declined to comment to ITV News.