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Nottingham student left with ‘blood all over her face’ after Rock City fracas

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A Nottingham student has told of her frightening experience on a night out when she was left with “blood all over her face”. Abi Dorling fears she might have to live with a bump on the nose after an incident at Rock City involving other customers.

The 20-year-old, a first year student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), said the incident happened when she went on a night out with her boyfriend and their group of friends at the popular venue on Talbot Street. The revellers arrived at the club at around 11pm on March 17, and then separated so Ms Dorling went to the bar with her boyfriend.

But the fun night was cut short a few minutes later, when two men who were having an argument “started pushing each other”, she said. “I was stood right behind this guy and he kept shoving into me – and then within minutes it just escalated.”

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Describing how the unfortunate incident happened, Ms Dorling said: “The other guy went to headbutt the first man, but actually I caught the headbutt instead because he moved out of the way.”

She said that blood started to pour out of her nose instantly and all over her face. Scared of what just happened and still in shock, she was assisted by her boyfriend and the staff at the venue.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that officers were called to reports of an assault at the venue in the early hours on March 18. A man was arrested, the force reported.

Now, the student thinks she might have to live with a permanent mark on her nose following the alleged incident. Ms Dorling added: “The blood was coming mainly from my nose, but I had a little bit coming from my mouth as well. My nose swelled up really badly after that night and it probably looked worse in the next few days because I started getting black eyes from it. And now I have a little hump which will probably never go away now.”

She went on and said: “It is just my luck, isn’t it? It is not a great experience to have in your first year at university, it is actually quite awful. It is frightening to go out as a woman anyway.”

A spokesperson for Rock City said: “The welfare of our customers is something we take very seriously, and we work hard to ensure people have a good time when they come through our doors. Our main priority as a venue is to try our hardest to ensure everyone has the best experience possible, and this can only be achieved when everyone feels safe.

“However, from time to time, incidents of this nature can happen as in any busy night-time venue. Unfortunately for Abi, she was standing nearby when a fight occurred between two customers, one of whom fell backwards into her, causing an impact with her nose.

“She was immediately attended to by our staff, our Club Crew and subsequently by our medic in our dedicated first aid room who was satisfied she didn’t require any medical treatment. We would stress we have trained staff and procedures in place for all types of incidents, which were properly followed in this case.

“Our security team also ensured the two men involved were detained until police arrived, with one arrest being made.”

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