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Hair salon boss is left partly bald after being assaulted

Judith Greenbank (pictured), 45, was attacked

A hair salon boss was left partly bald and struggled to return to work after she was beaten up by a mother and daughter during a music festival, a court heard.

Judith Greenbank, 45, was first set upon by Hayley Brown, 22, as she danced and clapped to Suburban Symphony, the last act at Bands on the Square in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

Mrs Greenbank was ‘yanked’ to the ground and kicked and punched by Brown who told the victim to ‘f*** off’ and said ‘you’re f****** not coming in front of me’.

Dazed,¬†Mrs Greenbank went to her business, The Cutting Room, about 80 metres away, and was then attacked by Brown’s mother, Kimberley Berry.

Berry, 41, who had performed at the festival, ran in, shouted: ‘I’m going to f****** kill you,’ and allegedly smacked the victim around the head with a mobile phone.

Brown joined in, again hitting Mrs Greenbank and pulling her hair, Burnley Magistrates’ Court was told.

Mrs Greenbank, who was left scared, shocked and upset as well as injured, told the magistrates she had a bald patch after the violence, last May 27. She said: ‘There were clumps of hair all over the salon.’

Witness Bryony Hartley, who told the court she saw Brown attack the victim and pull her to the floor as she watched the band, said: ‘There was quite a big chunk of hair missing from the top of her head. She was crying. When I glanced over, [Brown] had Judith’s hair in her hand.’

Mrs Greenbank, who has run her business for 26 years, told the magistrates at about 10pm, she and a friend made their way to the front of the stage to watch the band.

The business woman said she had drank about four or five gin and tonics since 5pm and was ‘fine.’

She added: ‘Hayley was stood right at the front of the stage. We were stood some distance behind. Hayley turned round and started swearing, telling me to ‘f****** get back. You’re f****** not coming in front of me.

Hayley Brown, 22, 'yanked' Mrs Greenbank to the ground and kicked and punched the victim after telling the hairdresser to 'f*** off' and said 'you're f****** not coming in front of me'

Hayley Brown, 22, 'yanked' Mrs Greenbank to the ground and kicked and punched the victim after telling the hairdresser to 'f*** off' and said 'you're f****** not coming in front of me'

Hayley Brown (pictured), 22, ‘yanked’ Mrs Greenbank to the ground and kicked and punched the victim after telling the hairdresser to ‘f*** off’ and said ‘you’re f****** not coming in front of me’

‘Hayley kept turning round, telling me to f*** off. Next thing I was on the floor and being hit and kicked, punched by her.’

Mrs Greenbank said: ‘I felt upset, dazed, confused. Somebody helped me to stand up and then I made my way back to the salon. My friends were there.’

She said Berry then came running into the shop, shouting: ‘I’m going to f****** kill you.’

The victim said: ‘She then started hitting me. She grabbed my hair and I believe she had a mobile phone, which she was whacking my head with.

‘Hayley was there as well. Somebody pulled Kimberley off and then Hayley started as well, punching, kicking, pulling my hair. Somebody pulled Hayley off. I think it was a bouncer.’

Mrs Greenbank suffered bruising to her arms, a swollen finger and reddening to her forehead. She added: ‘I felt really anxious after the incident. I didn’t work for a while. I didn’t want to bump into them. It knocked me.’

Berry, of Scothern Close, Barnoldswick, denied assaulting Mrs Greenbank by beating her and Brown, of North Street, Colne, pleaded not guilty to two counts of common assault. They were convicted after a two-day trial and will be sentenced next week.



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