Mum slashed with zombie knife in attack on first night out since giving birth

A new mum was left "mentally and physically" scarred when a randomer lunged at her with a "zombie knife" on her first night out after giving birth.

Lauren Foster, 23, and her mates told 18-year-old Joshua Clow to go away after he approached them asking if they knew where he could get drugs, whilst in a pub in Northwich, a town south west of Manchester, in November last year.

Bouncers chucked him out but he waited around outside for the group and chilling CCTV footage shows him making a beeline for Lauren when she exited the pub, hacking at her with the "horrific" weapon.

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He slashed at her several times on the left arm and back. The random attack left the new mum with deep cuts across her back and arm – including a four-inch wound that needed internal and external stitches.

Lauren, a cleaner, from Northwich, told M.E.N: "It all happened so quickly – I didn’t realise what he was doing until it was too late. This was the first time I had been out since having a baby and then this happened.

"I didn’t know how bad it was until I looked down and I saw the white tissue from inside my arm. I don’t feel as though it was long enough for what I went through.

"He’ll serve around three years, but I’ll have these scars for life."

She added: "I had no idea who he was, and we told him to leave us alone when he first approached us. I tried to ignore him outside but came running over to us.

"The bouncer tried to jump in the way be he wasn’t fast enough. I didn’t really notice the pain – I think my adrenaline kicked in. But I instantly saw the blood and thought the worst."

Police and paramedics arrived at the scene following the incident and Lauren was whisked off to North Staffordshire Hospital.

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Clow, of Brookcot Road in Manchester, was arrested for the attack. In May, he appeared at Chester Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, possession of a bladed article and assault. In mitigation, Ryan Rothwell, defending, said he had a 'troubled upbringing' and suffered from mental health problems.

He also said his client 'lacks maturity'.

Clow was sentenced to six years in a young offenders’ institution after the judge said there could have 'easily' been a fatality. Since the attack, Lauren, who gave birth to her 15-month-old son Jaxon last year, said she has been left 'shaken' but has vowed not to let it ruin her life.


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