A SUPPORT worker said she feels ‘terrified to go out’ after a ‘screeching’ man stabbed her with a needle in Highbridge.

Dannii Davies, 24, said she was walking home from a shopping trip at Asda, in Caxton Road, when a man plunged a syringe into her thigh after appearing to inject himself in the alley leading to Grange Avenue.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack, which happened at around 3.10pm on Monday, July 27.

“I went to Asda to do some shopping for work and walked back the same way I go every time,” Dannii said.

“There were two people stood in the corner of the alleyway.

“They were obviously high and jumpy.

“I walked past and didn’t make eye contact or anything.

“They were both making really weird noises - they were screeching as I walked down the alley.

“I walked right by them but the man reached out and stabbed me, deep enough for me to bleed.

“I quickly walked away and rushed back to work, where I then reported it to the police.”

Ms Davies, who supports adults with autism, said she was ‘in a state of shock’ after the incident.

She took a taxi to Weston General Hospital, where she spent six hours.

“I had two blood tests when I arrived at the hospital but I’m still waiting for the results to see if I have been infected with anything,” she said.

“I feel scared of the unknown and terrified to go out.

“I work as a support worker for adults with autism and worked all through lockdown.

“I would urge any witnesses to the incident to come forward and for people to be vigilant and take care when they go out.”

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said they want to speak with a man described as black, unshaven, of large build and wearing a grey tracksuit.

“We’re investigating after a woman was assaulted in Highbridge,” the spokesperson added.

“The victim, aged in her 20’s, was stabbed in the hip with a needle while walking down an alleyway leading to Grange Avenue at approximately 3.10pm on Monday, July 27.

“She sustained a small puncture wound and attended hospital as a precaution.

“As part of our inquiry we’re keen to speak to a man described by the victim as black, unshaven, of large build who wore a grey tracksuit and a white woman, of slim build who had light brown hair and wore blue flared jeans and a pink hoodie.

“We continue to review CCTV from the area as part our investigation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who recognises the description of the man and woman, is being urged to contact police on 101 and provide the call handler with the reference number 5220167558.