pensioner Marjorie Bainbridge today relived the terrifying moment she was slashed with a knife in a horrific street robbery on her honeymoon.
The 64-year-old, from Downhill, had only just arrived at the holiday resort of Flamingo, in Benidorm, when she was targeted by a gang near her hotel.
The retired home help was returning from a night out with her husband Martin, 66, when her handbag was stolen and she was attacked with a blade, leaving her covered in blood with a four-inch gash in her arm.
“I was absolutely terrified,” she said. “It was pitch black and these four men seemed to come out of nowhere.
“I had no idea what was going on. I felt someone grab my bag and a stab in my arm.
“There was a lot of blood and I fell to the ground.”
Unaware of the seriousness of his wife’s injuries, Martin, who married Marjorie earlier this year, chased after her attackers.
After returning, he contacted the emergency services and the great-grandmother was rushed to a health centre for treatment.
“I was in so much pain and in complete shock,” she said.
“Thankfully, there was no money or valuables in my bag, so they didn’t get away with anything. At least I can say that much.”
Left traumatised by the ordeal, Marjorie said she rarely left the hotel during the remainder of the couple’s seven-day stay and, after flying home to Wearside, was prescribed tranquillisers by her doctor.
“I’m still wary about leaving the house alone and I can’t sleep without the medication,” she said.
“The attack happened on the second day of our honeymoon and I hardly left the hotel after that because I was so scared.
“I will never go abroad again.
“We will hopefully be able to go on our honeymoon at a later date, but we will be staying in this country.”
Marjorie is now warning tourists to take care when visiting the popular holiday destination.
“It wasn’t just us that were being targeted by these people,” she said. “Other Brits that were over there were having things stolen.
“The police just didn’t seem to care. We want to warn other people who are thinking of going over there to be aware of the dangers.”
The attack, which took place at about midnight on September 4, was reported to police.
The force was today unavailable for comment.