17 January 2014, 16:24
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier has come to the rescue of its owner during an attempted robbery in Houghton Regis.
42 year old Diane Henderson was taking Buddy, her pet dog, for a walk in Houghton Green on Wednesday morning when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her in a 'bear hug'.
He then started searching her pockets asking for money- she screamed triggering Buddy to come running out the bushes snarling and showing his teeth.
The victim's told Heart she'd never seen the Staffie act like that before.
He then charged towards the man and chased him away.
Ms Henderson says she was calling for Buddy to come back worried that the offender might hurt the dog but when Buddy did come back he had blood round his mouth but no injuries.
It's thought the dog had bit the man he was chasing away.
Detective Constable Jo Bosson is investigating the attempted robbery.
“This was an extremely upsetting incident for the victim but thankfully her dog was able to prevent the woman from being harmed in anyway. I’m keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of the incident and can help us identify this offender.”
Ms Henderson says the man spoke in a Eastern European accent.
He's thought to be in his early 20s and between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10ins tall and was wearing a black woollen hat, light grey jogging top and bottoms and white Nike Air Max trainers with ‘bubbles’ in the heel.