By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 01:36 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 02:05 GMT, 1 February 2019
Leighanne Rumney (pictured) was stabbed and scalped by a violent gypsy gang in Portugal
A British woman was stabbed and scalped by a violent gypsy gang in Portugal who claimed she was having an affair with a married man.
Leighanne Rumney, from South Shields, was allegedly kidnapped by relatives of the man who they wrongly believed she was seeing.
The 22-year-old was reportedly targeted in a 'ritual shaming' in a Portuguese forest by gypsies who stabbed her and chopped off her long blonde hair.
She had to run away naked and flag down a car to escape the horror attack, The Sun reported.
She is said to have attracted interest from a Roma gypsy while working as a waitress at a bar in Alubfeira, in the Algarve, but said they had never dated.
However the gypsy family wrongly believed they were having an affair, and lured her into their car to kidnap