Witness appeal launched after woman and children chased by man with dog


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A witness appeal has been launched after a woman was allegedly threatened by a man with a dog.

The incident happened on Tuesday August 25 at around 3.15pm in the St Nicholas playing fields in Stevenage.

The woman was cycling with her two young children when a Staffordshire bull terrier dog approached one of the children and started following and barking at the boy.

The owner of the dog arrived a few minutes later and the woman told the owner the dog should be on lead.

The man then started shouting at the woman, allegedly threatening her with what his dog could do. As she and the children rode off he began to chase after her with the dog. He eventually stopped running and walked towards the direction of Ripon Road.

The man is described as white, in his mid-twenties, very slim with dark short scruffy brown hair. He was wearing a green and blue shell suit top and spoke with a local accent. The dog was light brown with dark patches and was wearing a leather collar.

PC Darryl Hancock who is investigating the incident said: “There were some teenagers in the park at the time that witnessed the incident and even intervened, telling the offender to stop harassing the woman.

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“However they were reluctant to leave any details and we urgently need to get in contact with them. If they would rather not contact us direct they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Anyone who has any information about the offender or the dog, please call 101 quoting crime E1/14/5393.”