Teen attacked in Wetherspoons on first night out as she celebrated 18th birthday

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A teenager has been left with a head injury on her first-ever night out after she was attacked in a Wetherspoons while celebrating her 18th birthday.

Emily Browne was taken to hospital in Cardiff allegedly being hit by a glass at the V-Shed on Bristol's Harbourside.

Tragically, the 18-year-old had even booked a hotel for a night away from Cardiff – but ended up spending the night at A&E on her own instead.

Police have since arrested a man after the incident in January this year but he was released after questioning on April 29, reports BristolLive.

Ms Browne's birthday celebrations quickly turned into a "really traumatic night" after the assault left her needing two staples to the back of her head as a result of her injuries.

The A-level student, from Pontprennau, said she was ordering her second drink at the bar in the Wetherspoon pub when the back of her head went numb.

She believes an item made out of glass was thrown from the balcony area, which overlooks the area, into the crowd. However, Wetherspoon has said plastic glasses are used at the pub from 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

She said: "I was in a lot of pain, it was a really traumatic night. It was horrible. I was bleeding so much that by the time they had put the bandage in it was soaked in blood.

"I am suffering from a bit of short-term memory loss now, as well as having headaches and feeling fatigued. I am waking up in the night with nightmares.

I do not really feel like I am in the moment, I do not feel like myself."

Police said they investigated a report of an assault on an 18-year-old female which took place in V-Shed, Canons Road, on Saturday, January 15 at around 10.10pm.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who recognised the individual in the CCTV images they released back in February.

Ms Browne said that initially they could not find the incident on CCTV, but that staff have since reviewed the footage and have been able to find it.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed: "An item was thrown by an unknown offender, striking the victim’s head and causing injury which required hospital treatment.

"We’d ask anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 5222012002."

Wetherspoons previously told Bristol Live: "A Wetherspoon spokesman has previously said: “We are aware of an incident which took place at the V Shed in Bristol on 15 January, where a customer was hit with a plastic glass.."

The Daily Star has approached Wetherspoons for comment.

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