Student left with ‘blood all over her face’ after being headbutted in nightclub fight

Abi Dorling, 20, went out with her boyfriend and a group of pals to the popular Rock City in Nottingham last month when a group of men at the bar started fighting

Abi Dorling went with her boyfriend and some friends to Rock City for a night out in Nottingham

A student was left with “blood all over her face” after getting caught in between two blokes fighting at a nightclub.

Abi Dorling, 20, went out with her boyfriend and a group of pals to the popular Rock City in Nottingham on March 17.

When they arrived at about 11pm, the first-year Nottingham Trent University student went to the bar to grab a drink, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

Abi says their night of fun was cut short when just minutes later two men who had been arguing “started pushing each other.”

Abi said: “I was stood right behind this guy and he kept shoving into me – and then within minutes it just escalated.”

She added: “The other guy went to headbutt the first man, but actually I caught the headbutt instead because he moved out of the way.”

Abi was left with blood on her face after getting caught up in a fight


Abi Dorling / BPM Media)

Abi said blood started to pour out of her nose and all over her face.

Her boyfriend and venue staff jumped in to help as the student was left scared and in shock.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that officers were called to reports of an assault at the venue in the early hours of March 18 and a man has been arrested.

Abi now worries she will be left with a permanent mark on her nose after the ordeal.

She added: “The blood was coming mainly from my nose, but I had a little bit coming from my mouth as well.

“My nose swelled up really badly after that night and it probably looked worse in the next few days because I started getting black eyes from it. And now I have a little hump which will probably never go away now.”

Abi said venue staff and her boyfriend jumped in to help



She added: “It is just my luck, isn’t it? It is not a great experience to have in your first year at university, it is actually quite awful. It is frightening to go out as a woman anyway.”

A spokesperson for Rock City said: “The welfare of our customers is something we take very seriously, and we work hard to ensure people have a good time when they come through our doors.

“Our main priority as a venue is to try our hardest to ensure everyone has the best experience possible, and this can only be achieved when everyone feels safe.

“However, from time to time, incidents of this nature can happen as in any busy night-time venue. Unfortunately for Abi, she was standing nearby when a fight occurred between two customers, one of whom fell backwards into her, causing an impact with her nose.

“She was immediately attended to by our staff, our Club Crew and subsequently by our medic in our dedicated first aid room who was satisfied she didn’t require any medical treatment.

“We would stress we have trained staff and procedures in place for all types of incidents, which were properly followed in this case. Our security team also ensured the two men involved were detained until police arrived, with one arrest being made.”

The Mirror has contacted Nottinghamshire Police and Rock City for a statement.

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