Abbie Keers tells of Stanley beer bottle attack
A nine-year-old girl, left scarred after a bottle was thrown at a car she was in, has spoken of 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 incident 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.
"When my friends found out what had happened they thought it was disgusting."
Her grandmother added: "We could see there was glass in her face, but we couldn't put any pressure on her face 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.
Insp Michael McGowan of Durham Police added: "Abbie is a very brave little girl and I have great respect for her.
"This has been quite a traumatic incident, but she has handled things really well."
Two days after she had surgery, Abbie took part in a gymnastic competition on Tyneside and came away with a second place prize.
She added: "I was really pleased to get a silver medal."
Police have yet to make an arrest.