Brain tumour patient assaulted by pregnant woman and mum in Northampton hospital car park

A brain tumour patient was left with a black eye after an angry driver and her pregnant daughter assaulted her in the car park of Northampton General Hospital during a road rage incident.

Thursday, 28th July 2016, 6:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:35 pm
Assault victim Sue, who did not wish her full name used through fear fo repercussions, was attacked in car park three of Northampton General Hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 47-year-old woman was attacked in Car Park Three on the Bedford Road side of the hospital, on Tuesday, July 26 at around 3pm.

The victim, 47-year-old Sue, was trying to find a space in time for a radiotherapy appointment.

She said: “I had just pulled into the car park and it was absolute gridlock as always.

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“I pulled in to get a parking space and my car was slightly in the way of a woman behind me.”

The woman behind swore at Sue while asking her to move, claiming that she had her pregnant daughter in the car and that she needed to get a parking space urgently.

“I said to her I’m on my third week of radiotherapy, I need a space too” said Sue.

“Then she got out the car and punched me through the window. I was just hoping she wouldn’t hit my head as that is where my tumours are, but she did.”

Sue claims to have been punched three times in total, and that at least four people witnessed the attack.

The assault has left her with a black eye and bruising around her face, which she said could affect her radiotherapy treatment.

Sue has reported the matter to Northamptonshire Police, but officers will not be coming out to see her until the weekend.

“I just think that’s not right” she added. “I’ve been smacked in the face three times, it’s not a little black eye, it’s pretty huge.

“I just worry that it’s going to come to nothing.”

A police spokeswoman has asked anyone who witnessed the incident in the hospital car park to call the force on 101.

She said: “It was a busy time so the chances are more people witnessed the incident.”

And on the delay in going to see Sue, the spokeswoman added: “Often how quickly an officer goes out to a victim depends on availability and the level of risk to the victim. It also depends on the availability of the victim too.”