Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Used to Think If Something like This Happened I Would Stand Up to Them ... but You Just Freeze; Former Casino Valet Left Terrified after Incident

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Used to Think If Something like This Happened I Would Stand Up to Them ... but You Just Freeze; Former Casino Valet Left Terrified after Incident

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter Twitter: @Sophie_Doughty

SURROUNDED and attacked by three strangers on a dark Newcastle street, Amy Dees has been left afraid to go out at night alone.

The once outgoing former casino valet says the assault happened while she was taking a break from work in the city centre and has destroyed her confidence, forcing her to quit her job.

And now Amy has been dealt a further blow when she was told police had been unable to identify the predatory trio who she says targeted her on Newcastle's Stowell Street, and the case has been closed.

She said: "They are still out there. They are probably doing it to someone else now. I would never want anyone to go through what I went through."

Amy, from West Denton in Newcastle, was working at Aspers Casino in The Gate when she was attacked during the early hours of the morning, she told The Journal.

The 24-year-old had stepped outside the back of the building to get some air when she was approached by three men who were chatting in a foreign accent.

"It was about 4am and it was break time. I just went out the back just to chill for a little bit," Amy explained.

"I saw these three guys walking up the alley when they approached us they were talking in a foreign language.

"I didn't know what they were saying and it freaked us out."

But as the men got closer to Amy said they began talking in English, and started making disturbing comments towards her before surrounding her.

"One said, 'Go and kiss her'," she said. "I tried to go back in and they surrounded us. They were saying weird things like, 'You are going to come with me'. and 'I want to kiss you'.

"One of them was kissing my hand. He said, 'I'll give you the whole world'."

"I was shaking like a leaf. I didn't know what to say or what to do. I just wanted to get away. They were just really creepy.

"They eventually started to walk away one at a time. By that time I was distraught. I was crying and crying."

Amy, who has waived her legal right to anonymity as a victim of a sex attack, went back into work and finished her shift. …

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