Woman hit with stick in path attack

A Chorley woman was hit over the head with a stick in a brutal attack whilst out walking her dogs.

The 46-year-old had been walking her three Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dogs in an isolated area when a man started to shout and swear at her for not having one of her pets on a lead.

He then set his own dog on hers and pushed her to the floor before hitting her and the animals with the stick.

Police have now released a description of the offender and appealed for anyone with information about the terrifying attack on Sunday evening to come forward.

PC Pete Simmons, who is investigating the attack, said: “This was a nasty assault.

“The woman had been walking on land at the bottom of Bagganley Lane and was about 100m from the motorway subway on a narrow path at 7.45pm when the man approached her.

“He was shouting at her because one of her dogs was not on a lead, but she explained that it was on a controlled collar instead.

“The woman insisted that her dog ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’, but the man threatened to set his own dog on hers.

“He then released the dog and it started to attack the victim’s pets. She stepped in to try and break them up and it is then that the man pushed her to the ground and hit her with the stick.”

Emergency services were called to the scene after the woman cried out for help to passers-by. PC Simmons added: “The woman was hit around the head at least once and she said the stick was smooth - like a pool cue.

“It didn’t seem like the sort of thing that you would find on the floor and may even have been a walking stick.

“An ambulance was called to the scene and the woman had swelling to the side of her head and cuts and grazes to her right arm, however she refused to be taken to hospital.”

The police have now issued a detailed description of the offender and asked anyone with information to ring Chorley Police on: 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 11.

PC Simmons said: “The victim has described the offender as aged around 30, possibly younger, with a slim, athletic build. He was approximately 5ft 10in tall and had short brown hair with the possibility of bits of grey in it.

“His hair was spiked at the front and he was wearing a tight, white v-neck T-shirt. He had tattoos down both arms and was last seen heading in the Eaves Lane direction.”