Man ordered terrified dogwalker to hand over her pet and tried to snatch lead

By Ramazani Mwamba

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked by a man who tried to steal her dog.

The woman was on a walk with her pet in the Tintwistle area on Friday night (January 7) when she was approached by a man who demanded she hand over her dog.

Police believe the man tried to take the lead of the dog, and during the tug of war the woman suffered a cut to her hand and hip.

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The man was not successful in taking the dog, and the woman’s injury is not thought to be serious.

The incident occurred at the junction of Conduit Street and West Street between 7.40pm and 7.50pm.

The man is described as around 5ft 5in tall, and of slim to medium build.

He had been wearing dark clothing with a hood up and a face covering. It is thought he spoke with a local accent and had a deep voice.

Derbyshire Police are appealing for anybody who may have been in the area around the time of the incident and may have noticed anything suspicious to come forward with information.

Officers are also appealing for anyone with any CCTV or dash cam footage from the area at that time to contact them.

Inspector Dave Parker who is in charge of policing in the High Peak said: “The victim was understandably left shaken following this distressing incident, and we would urge anyone who may have noticed a man matching this description in the area around that time to get in touch.

“We understand that this report may make people feel alarmed, and so officers from our local Safer Neighbourhood policing team are increasing patrols to the area. Please don’t hesitate to speak to them if you have any concerns.”

“We would also like to reassure residents that reports of dog thefts within Derbyshire do remain low, however all reports of this nature will be taken seriously, and I would urge anyone who has been a victim to report it to us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information should contact Derbyshire Constabulary via their website or using 101 quoting the reference 22000014371.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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