December 13 2013 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A woman who was walking her dog on a Norwich street was struck on her back and had a bag of dog mess thrown at her in a “despicable” assault during which her pet was also kicked.
The woman, in her late 60s, was walking along the path adjacent to Magdalen Street between the paper factory and St Saviour’s Lane car park when she was approached by a woman who was verbally abusive towards her about dog fouling.
The woman then called a man over who threatened the lady and her dog. The lady was frightened and begged him not to hurt them, and tried to leave but the woman kicked the dog which became distressed.
The victim walked off with her dog and was struck on the back. A bag of dog mess was also thrown at her.
Police are appealing for information about the attack which happened at around 7.40pm on Thursday, August 29.
Investigating Officer, PC Steve Payne, said: “This was a despicable assault against a female pensioner walking her dog on a clear, dry summer evening along a footpath she has walked down for many years without any problems.
“The actions of the man and woman have caused the lady stress and anxiety as well as some back pain. Thankfully neither the victim or her dog have sustained any visible injuries but the distress this has caused will take a long time to recover from.
“This type of incident is extremely rare, and I would appeal for anyone who was in the area and witnessed this assault, or anyone with information about the man and woman involved, to come forward.”
The woman involved in the attack is white, in her late 20s, around 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build with dark hair in a ponytail and a tanned complexion. She was wearing a white vest top, a black and white striped skirt and black shiny shoes.
The man is white, in his 40s, around 6ft 2ins tall, of slim build with a shaved head and was wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.
Contact PC Payne at Bethel Street Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.