04/04/2016 Stockton

56-Year-Old Man and his Dog Assaulted in Ingleby Barwick

Police are appealing for information after a 56-year-old man and his Golden Retriever dog were assaulted on the footpath behind Ingleby Mill Primary School in Ingleby Barwick.

The incident occurred at 10:15am, yesterday, Sunday 3rd April when the victim was walking his dog when a brief altercation took place with a male cyclist.

The cyclist then got off his bike and kicked the victim’s dog several times and then repeatedly punched the victim in the head.

The attack only ended when passers-by came to the aid of the victim and the attacker rode off on his bike towards Low Lane.

The victim sustained bruising to his head but did not receive medical treatment. The dog did not need veterinary treatment.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 6 feet tall, in his 40s and he is of athletic build. He was wearing a multi coloured cycle helmet, full cycle clothing which was black with a thick white stripe down the side with black lettering and black sunglasses and white cycle shoes.

He was also riding an adult size male racing bike which was red and black in colour with white racing style handlebars.

Police would like the people who came to the aid of the victim to come forward as they may be able to assist with enquiries.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact PC Gary Cookland on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.