From Chronicle Live: These are the horrific injuries suffered by teenager Dylan Swan on his way home from The Hoppings.
Dylan said he was set upon by a gang of 30 attackers as he walked through Exhibition Park on Friday night. The 16-year-old said he was stabbed in the head with a butterfly knife during the assault. He was also beaten and stamped on and left covered in blood.
The terrifying attack only came to an end when a nurse chased the attackers away and gave him first aid.
Dylan said: “I sat down on a bench in Exhibition Park, I was by myself. About 30 people came and surrounded me. They started jumping on top of me, they were jumping on my head and body. One of them took out a butterfly knife and stabbed me near my head. I was terrified. It lasted for about 10 to 15 minutes.
“But a nurse came and helped me. She chased everyone away and put me in the recovery position and gave me first aid. I lost consciousness and I don’t remember much of what happened after that, I just remember seeing flashing lights. Then next thing I remember was waking up in a bed in hospital.”
Dylan is now recovering at home after being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
His parents Rob and Shirley expressed their shock at what happened and thanked the nurse who came to their son’s aid. Rob said: “We don’t know her name but she works at the RVI and even came to see Dylan in hospital to see if he was ok. She was absolutely lovely and we can’t thank her enough. If it wasn’t for her, we don’t know what would have happened.”
Northumbria Police has asked for witnesses to come forward.
A spokeswoman for the Hoppings said: “We’ve been told by police that there was a group of drunk teenagers at the bandstand in Exhibition Park and a fight broke out.
“We are not aware of any incidents actually at the Hoppings. We have two private security firms, with 50 people working yesterday and today, as well as Northumbria Police.”
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