A teenage girl has been hailed a clucking marvel after she fought off a boy who attacked her for wearing a chicken costume.
Jessica Brown, 17, hit the boy with one of the wings on her red and yellow outfit on the first day of her job promoting the Pepe's Piri Piri chicken restaurant in Northampton town centre.
She was handing out flyers to shoppers when a complete stranger, who looked around 14, walked up and punched her in the face.
Jessica said: "I had the outfit on and was greeting little kids, there was a fair on that day so it was quite busy.
"I'd been out there a while then I turned around and saw these two boys, one on a BMX bike and the other walking normally.
"All of a sudden I looked to the side and saw this lad's fist coming towards me. He hit me in the face, I couldn't believe it - I was shocked more than anything.
"I had huge wings on my arms which I tried to swipe at him. He hit me in the face, I couldn't believe it - I was shocked more than anything.
"My instinct was to try and chase him but it's difficult when you're wearing a chicken suit so he got away.
"I managed to run about 30 yards but the costume and giant chicken feet were really heavy. I told some security guards what had happened and they looked for him.
"When I got home my mum asked if I'd had a good day and I said 'no, I got punched in the face'. She called the police straight away."
She added: "I don't think he would have done it if I hadn't been wearing the suit - I'd never seen him before in my life so it's not like he was targeting me personally. "
"The last person to wear the suit got pushed in front of a bus - I don't know what people's problem is."
A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a young woman who was going about her work. We are appealing for witnesses to this assault."