Cambridge Ballare nightclub bottle attack: Man sought by police

Monique Henville and man police would like to speak to
Image caption Police are looking for a man in connection with the attack on Monique Henville

A man smashed a champagne bottle into a woman's face, shattering her jaw and teeth, when she refused to dance with him in a Cambridge nightclub.

Monique Henville, 19, was the victim of a "shocking and unprovoked attack" in Ballare, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Officers believe her assailant may be from the Hertfordshire area.

They have released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the attack, which happened on 20 July at about 01:45 BST.

'Poured champagne over me'

Following the assault, Miss Henville, from Cherry Hinton near Cambridge, spent five days in hospital and needed two operations to reconstruct her jaw.

"Basically it happened after I said I wouldn't dance with a man," Miss Henville said.

"He kept coming after me, and then he poured champagne over me. When I asked him to go away, he did it again.

"The next thing I knew, he'd come back with the bottle and hit me in the face with it, and it smashed as he did that."

'Horrible assault'

Miss Henshaw's jaw was broken in two places and her face was gashed by the shattered glass.

"If you have information please tell someone. If he can do it to me, he can do it to anyone," she said.

PC Fergus Cowley, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "This was a shocking and unprovoked attack, and that's why I'd urge anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.

"This male has assaulted Monique in a horrible way, and until we trace the person responsible he might be out there, and he might do it again."

He added: "The person in the photograph we have released may be able to help us with our inquiries."

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