A pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage and was left having horrific seizures after she was brutally attacked by a girl gang after the Euros 2020 final.
Beth Newman, 18, had been watching the football game at a pub in Margate, Kent, with her aunt and friends when she was kicked in the stomach and stamped on the head by a group of women in an ‘unprovoked attack’ shortly after 11pm on July 11.
Ms Newman, who believes the assault was carried out by between four and six women, was rushed to Margate’s QEQM hospital, where she was treated for a head injury and remained for four days.
However two days after returning home Ms Newman, who was in the early stages of her pregnancy, began bleeding and tragically found she had miscarried.
Beth Newman, 18, suffered a miscarriage after she was attacked by a group of women on July 11. Pictured: Ms Newman having a seizure after being attacked
Ms Newman (pictured before the attack) had left the Quart In A Pint Pot, in Margate, Kent, shortly after 11pm when she was attacked by the group of women
The 18-year-old described how she had left the Quart In A Pint Pot pub, in Margate, Kent shortly after 11pm on the day of the attack when she was accosted by a woman she did not know.
She said: ‘It was completely unprovoked.
‘I walked round past the first girl and was walking back towards the pub walking back to grab my friends, and she just looked me up and down.
‘I looked at her back, and she was like ”what the f*** are you looking at?” I just calmly said ”what’s your problem?”
‘I started to walk away and she came up behind me and grabbed my plait, and punched me round the side of my head.
‘I tried to defend myself, but before I knew there were just loads of them all on top of me.
Ms Newman, whose mobile phone was also stolen in the attack, added: ‘They kicked and stamped on my head, and kicked me in the stomach, which later caused a miscarriage.’
Her mother Kat Hazelton, recalled the moment she was told her daughter was suffering a seizure following an attack, and she raced from her house to the pub.
She said: ‘It felt like it took hours to get there and when I walked round the corner to see her convulsing really badly, it was such a huge shock.
‘Such a traumatising thing to happen to her and to witness. I’ve never been so scared.’
Ms Newman continued fitting for several days after the attack and is now awaiting an MRI
The 18-year-old, whose mobile phone was also stolen in the attack, is unable to start a job she was due to begin as a carer due to her fits
Ms Newman, who was due to take up a job as a carer but has since had to put her plans on hold due to her fits, was rushed to Margate’s QEQM hospital, where she was treated for a head injury.
She continued: ‘I was in and out of seizures on the floor, and in the ambulance.
‘I don’t remember that whole night. I just remember next day being in hospital and being in so much pain.
‘I couldn’t move my neck, couldn’t walk properly. I was covered in bruises from head to toe – everywhere. It was pretty awful.’
Two days after returning home Ms Newman began bleeding and tragically found she had miscarried.
A CT scan carried out at the QEQM found no bleeds or fractures to her head, but Ms Newman continued fitting for several days after the attack and is now awaiting an MRI scan.
She is now on bed-rest and is unable to start a job she was due to begin as a carer.
Ms Newman added: ‘I didn’t know who they were. I don’t know if their motive was that they wanted my phone and my money, and that’s why they attacked me. I don’t know.
‘They obviously just didn’t like the look of me or something.
‘I’m scared to leave the house. I don’t want something else [like the assault] to happen, and I don’t want to be alone because I might have a fit.’
Kent Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information can call the force on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/121976/21, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.