Police issue appeal after late night assault on woman walking her dog

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a report of a late night assault on a woman in Leek on Sunday.

At around 11.15pm the woman was walking with her dog along Ball Haye Road towards Ball Haye Green when she was approached by a man who tried to stroke her dog and then assaulted her.

A police spokesman said the woman managed to break free. However, the offender continued to follow her to the Novi Lane junction, where she was further assaulted. The woman’s dog jumped up at the offender and she managed to escape towards Furmston Place.

The offender is described as a white male, aged approximately 30-years-old, 6ft tall, tanned skin, medium build with a large chest, short brown hair and a light moustache. He spoke with a light Stoke accent.

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket with a blue band around the hood, dark tracksuit bottoms, white trainers and a green woolly hat with the word ‘Dior’ on the front in yellow letters. He was also wearing a gold sovereign ring with a silver centre, possibly a coin, on his right hand.

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 2 of June 5.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.