A WOMAN assaulted in a Blackburn nightclub by another female needed surgery to repair a broken arm.

Blackburn magistrates heard Neasha Leanne Hoole pushed the other woman over twice during the row at the former Switch nightclub.

And the magistrates ruled their powers of punishment were insufficient after hearing the victim needed a metal plate inserting in her arm and had been off work for two months

Hoole, 27, of Summerville Walk, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Victoria Pilkington. She was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced on November 18.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the incident happened at about 12.45am in the St Peter Street club.

The victim said Hoole approached her and started shouting, accusing her of messaging her boyfriend and telling her to get out.

"She didn't respond because she didn't want to aggravate the situation and the defendant then pushed her in the chest with both hands causing her to fall to the floor.

"She fell on her right arm, heard a loud crack and felt immediate pain," said Miss Allan. "She tried to leave the club at that point but her way was blocked by the defendant who pushed her over again."

Miss Pilkington was taken to hospital where a doctor had to pull her wrist. X-rays revealed two breaks and a shattered bone.

"Two days later she had an operation to wire the bones together and have a metal plate inserted," said Miss Allan.

Ben Leach, defending, said the aggrieved said the break occurred when she was first pushed over.

"There was no intention to cause any injury," said Mr Leach.

"My client walked away and it is her view that the aggrieved then came at her and she pushed her away."