Dog walker assaulted in park

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A pensioner was assaulted last week while walking her dog in a local park.

Police say the victim, a 74-year-old woman, was walking her terrier-cross in Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows, when her dog ran up to a cream-coloured Labrador being walked by a teenage girl and another woman. One of the women took exception to the terrier approaching her dog and kicked out at it.

A row erupted between the 74-year-old and the pair and the pensioner was assaulted - suffering a bruised right eye and a small cut below. The incident was witnessed by a man with his young son who was on a trike in the park at the time.

Another man who was passing by helped the older woman home after the incident.

The two younger women were last seen leaving Mesnes Park in the direction of Tudor Park Drive.

The first girl is described as white, about 15 years old, around 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build with long blonde hair. She was wearing a white t-shirt.

The second was a similar height and build but had shoulder-length dark hair.

The incident occurred on Monday, July 28, at around 1.30pm.

Det Con Mark Williams, from St Helens CID, said: “It is important that we get to the bottom of what happened here as an elderly woman has suffered quite a nasty eye injury. We need independent witnesses who saw the altercation and can tell us who was involved.

“I am particularly keen to trace the man who was in the park last Monday afternoon with a young boy on a trike. This man may have seen what happened but was unable to intervene as he had a child with him.

“If that was you, please get in touch so you can tell us what happened between these women.”

Witnesses can call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6887 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.