Abbie Keers tells of Stanley beer bottle attack

Abbie was a front seat passenger in her grandmother's car

A nine-year-old girl left scarred after a glass bottle was thrown at a car she was in has spoken out about the attack.

Abbie Keers, from east Stanley, County Durham, was a front seat passenger in her grandmother's car when the beer bottle smashed through the side window.

She needed emergency surgery to remove glass from her face.

The youngster, who has been praised by police for the way she handled the attack on 14 February, said she thought a car tyre had "popped".

Abbie was with her grandmother Sarah Webb, mother Clare Webb and sister, three-year-old Lexi, when the bottle was thrown from the entrance to a pedestrian subway on the A693 in Stanley at about 22:30 GMT.

'Watch her bleed'

Abbie said: "We were just driving along and I was playing on my iPad and then started dozing off. Then the bottle came through the window.

"I thought my gran's tyre had popped because it was more like a bang than glass breaking.

Her grandmother added: "We could see there was glass in her face, but we couldn't put any pressure on it to stop the bleeding. We just had to basically watch her bleed until we could get her to hospital.

"She is doing really well now and we're all proud of her. She is handling it better than me.

"We thought it might have affected her mentally and that she might be afraid to get back in the car. But she's been super.

Abbie Keers Police have praised Abbie for the way she handled the glass bottle attack

Insp Michael McGowan, of Durham Police, said Abbie was a "very brave little girl."

"This has been quite a traumatic incident, but she has handled things really well," he added.

Police have yet to make an arrest.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear

Weather

Newcastle upon Tyne

12 °C 11 °C

Features

  • Jesse, Milo and JudahNo kidding

    The family with 34 children - and they're adding two more


  • Lost itemsLost and found

    The strange things passengers leave on the Tube


  • Man and dog on dark winter morningSolstice lag

    Why mornings will keep getting darker after 21 December


  • A funeral for a school victim in Peshawar, 19 December'Back to school'

    Grief and determination after Taliban school massacre


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.