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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Man sought after dog walker thrown down steps after being challenged about her dog being off its lead

Image issued by Greater Manchester Police of a man they wish to speak to after a 35-year-old woman walking her dog was attacked and thrown down a flight of steps in Chorlton, Manchester. Photo: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire
Image issued by Greater Manchester Police of a man they wish to speak to after a 35-year-old woman walking her dog was attacked and thrown down a flight of steps in Chorlton, Manchester. Photo: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

Lauren Brown

A dog walker was attacked and thrown down a flight of steps after being challenged about her dog being off its lead, police have said.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the 35-year-old woman was walking her dog off its lead on Jackson's Bridge, Chorlton, Manchester, when a man rode past on his bike.

The cyclist challenged her about the animal before allegedly grabbing the victim's head and forcing it against the metal railings and then throwing her down the concrete steps.

GMP have released a picture of a man they wish to speak to.

The incident happened at 5pm on September 17.

Police Constable Damian Lea, of GMP, said: "The man was so enraged at the victim's dog being off the lead, he attacked her and threw her down some steps. Thankfully she was not seriously hurt but has been left shaken by what happened.

"We have released an image of a man we would like to speak to and would ask anyone who recognises him to call us. I would also appeal to the person directly to contact police so we can rule you out of our inquiries."

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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