Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Needle-Attack Teenager's Months of Agony End

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Needle-Attack Teenager's Months of Agony End

Article excerpt

A teenager who faced an agonising wait to discover if he was HIV positive after he had been stabbed with a needle has been given the all-clear.

Peter Rush, 18, a builder, was attacked by a man wielding what was thought to be a hypodermic needle, as he enjoyed an evening out on South Parade, Whitley Bay, on January 28 this year. He was having a drink with friends in the Havana bar on the town's South Parade at around 10.15pm when a stranger stabbed him in his leg.

When he went to the toilet of the bar to see what had happened, he was shocked to discover a bleeding puncture wound at the top of his right thigh.

Peter, a builder, of Military Way, North Shields, underwent tests for HIV and hepatitis, and this week, after a three-month wait, he has been given a clean bill of health.

But Peter is still angry that no-one has been charged with his attack. …

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