A WOMAN has been left afraid to go out after being attacked while waiting for a taxi on a night out.

Hollie Talbot, aged 23, suffered a broken leg in three places after being punched by a man outside the Magnum Whiteline base, off Poppythorn Lane, in Prestwich, on Saturday night.

She has since undergone surgery, which has resulted in her having 12 bolts and two metal plates in her leg.

Ms Talbot, who lives in Melrose Road, Radcliffe, is now offering a £1,000 reward to anyone who can identify her attacker.

Prior to the attack, the travel agent had been enjoying a night out with a friend at the Orange Tree pub.

The pair then decided to head into Manchester at about 11pm to continue their evening.

“The taxi rank is just around the corner so we walked round,” Ms Talbot explained.

“We were waiting for a taxi outside and my friend asked a member of staff if she could use the toilet.

“A girl got involved and her boyfriend turned around and smacked my friend in the face.

“I asked what he was doing and he whacked me full force in the face and knocked me out.

“I fell and snapped my leg in three places.”

Ms Talbot says that after attacking her, the man got into a taxi, leaving her lying in the street.

Two other people who were also waiting for a taxi rushed to her aid, and helped her on to a bench.

She describes the man as being about 5ft 8, with brown hair, and wearing a khaki grey jacket.

He was reported to be with a female with shoulder length white or blonde hair, and a black leather jacket.

Ms Talbot has since taken to Facebook to issue an appeal for witnesses, which has been shared nearly 500 times.

She said: “There were people waiting for a taxi at the time so there were witnesses there who saw what happened.

“No one seems to know who it is.

“It was a random attack. I was not drunk at the time, I had had a bottle of Prosecco with my friend.

“I do not want to go out anymore. I am scared.”

Police have been contacted.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.