Pensioners Attacked By Dogwalker

Police in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an unprovoked attack on an elderly couple in the Broadstone area of the town – with officers releasing a picture of a man they would like to speak with.

At around 10am on Thursday, 2 December 2010, a 65-year-old man and his wife were walking their one-year-old Cairn terrier in Pocket Park when it was attacked by another dog – believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The retired couple, from Broadstone, attempted to protect their Cairn terrier when the owner of the attacking dog approached them.

This man struck the 65-year-old man in the chest and pushed the man’s wife to the ground.

Both victims suffered bruising and attended hospital to be checked over.

Police Constable Barry Gosling, of Poole police, said:

“Following enquiries, I am now able to release an image of a man that I would like to speak with about this assault – it may be that this man is able to help me with my investigation.

“I am appealing for anyone who recognises this man to contact me as soon as possible.

“I am also appealing for anyone who witnessed this attack, and anyone with any information about the man responsible, to get in touch urgently.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.