A councillor has thanked well-wishers and fellow stallholders after his face was smashed up in an “out of the blue” attack.
Thornaby independent Cllr Luke Frost was injured on Monday afternoon while working at his family-run Coffee Stop store in the town centre’s Pavilion shopping centre.
The 31-year-old suffered nose injuries and a suspected broken cheekbone.
It’s understood a man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Battered and bruised, Cllr Frost has thanked those who rallied around and came to his aid.
“It came completely out of the blue,” he said.
“My nose is definitely kinked now – and I have what looks like a broken cheekbone.
“But I still have to go for more x-rays to check as there was too much swelling.
“The customers were fantastic and some of the traders as well. It goes to show what a community we’ve got really.”
Cllr Frost was elected to Mandale and Victoria in 2019 and is also a member of Thornaby Town Council.
He hailed Helen and Mark Brun, from A Sweet Surprise, for their help after the incident.
And he also thanked Thornaby folk and councillors who’d sent “tonnes” of messages of support to the Coffee Shop and himself in the aftermath.
“That really picks you up – and has done me the world of good,” added Cllr Frost.
“It’s also absolutely fantastic to know we’ve got small businesses there who see us as a community.
“Thanks goes to them as without their ice, I’d have a lot more swelling and bruising.”
Cllr Frost went to North Tees hospital for half a dozen X-rays and dental x-rays after the attack.
A statement from the Coffee Stop added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to customers and fellow traders who helped out.
“Without your help, the situation could have been much much worse.”
Cleveland Police has been contacted for comment.