As the woman who was robbed in Whitley Bay on the evening of January 16, I would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive and kind.
The police have been as helpful as I believe they can be, given the difficult circumstances they are expected to operate under.
I have had numerous cards, flowers and messages of support from people in the community surrounding my business, Happy Planet in Ilfracombe Gardens.
I have been quite overwhelmed by people I have not even met taking the time to come and speak to me and see if they can offer any assistance.
The physical marks have healed, as yet my speech is still affected, but I anticipate making a full recovery at some point.
And I will happily retain my place among the kind and supportive community of Whitley Bay.