Girl, 18, hospitalized after random attack by Wetherspoons during her first night out

Emily Browne, from Cardiff, walked to hospital alone after a glass hit her on the back of the head and she believes she was thrown from a balcony at V Shed Wetherspoons in Bristol.

Emily Browne's birthday celebrations didn't end the way she thought they would
Emily Browne’s birthday celebrations didn’t end the way she thought they would

A woman was hospitalized with a head injury after being attacked on the first night of her life.

Emily Browne, from Cardiff, was enjoying drinks at V Shed Wetherspoons in Bristol when she was physically assaulted.

The 18-year-old received glass to the back of her head, she says, leaving her with two staples, Bristol Live reported.

Emily ended up spending a night alone in the ER.

“I was in a lot of pain, it was a really traumatic night,” he said.

“It was horrible. He was bleeding so much that when they put the bandage on me I was soaked with blood.

Emily was celebrating her 18th birthday at the time.


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“I’m suffering from a bit of short-term memory loss now, as well as having headaches and feeling fatigued.

“I wake up at night with nightmares.

“I don’t really feel like I’m in the moment, I don’t feel like myself.”

The A-level student said she was ordering her second drink at the bar when the back of her neck went numb.

Emily believes an item made of glass was thrown from the balcony area, which overlooks the area, into the crowd.

However, Wetherspoon has said that plastic cups are used in the pub from 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

“My friends heard a loud noise, but they didn’t know what it was,” he said. “They said it sounded like a glass hitting the bar.

“Then the back of my head went numb, and when I touched it with my hand, I felt it. It was soaked in blood.”

The 18-year-old was on her first night out.


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Ms Browne said staff were initially unable to find the incident on CCTV but have since located the footage.

He claimed there were no qualified first aid personnel at the scene, so an ambulance was called, but it did not arrive for several hours.

In the end, Emily ended up walking to the A&E department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, where she received two staples to the back of her head.

She said she had to wait alone due to Covid restrictions.

“I think the worst part is that there was no context, there was nothing to provoke it,” he continued. “It was a really horrible assault.

He needed staples in the back of his head.


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“I couldn’t have done anything to stop it. It wasn’t provoked.”

Avon and Somerset Police said: “Police are investigating a report of an assault on an 18-year-old woman which took place at the V Shed, Canons Road, Bristol on Saturday 15th January at around 10:10pm.”

“An unknown offender threw an object that struck the victim’s head, causing injuries that required hospital treatment.

“We would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact police at 101, citing crime reference 5222012002.”

A Wetherspoon spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident that took place at the V Shed in Bristol on January 15 where a customer was hit with a plastic cup.

“The pub staff called an ambulance but were told that it would not be able to attend for a while due to a high level of emergency calls and were informed that the customer should attend a nearby medical unit.

“Meanwhile, first aid was administered to the customer by the pub gate security team. CCTV of the incident has been preserved and will be passed on to the police if requested.

“We wish the client a full and speedy recovery.”

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