Shropshire

Telford dog walker 'assaulted in street'

A dog walker was punched in the face by a man who asked him if he could stroke his dog in Telford, police said.

The victim, 42, was walking along Limekiln Lane, in Arleston, when he was approached by an unknown man and woman at around 23:00 GMT on Sunday.

The pair asked if they could stroke the man's dog, the dog owner said they could and they both stroked the animal.

But the owner became concerned as the man pulled at the dog's hair and he asked him to stop stroking his pet.

A police spokeswoman said the man then punched the dog owner in the face several times and both he and the woman who was with him made off, possibly in a taxi.

'Bloodied nose'

The dog owner summoned help from a neighbour and police were called.

The spokeswoman said: "The man suffered a bloodied nose as a result of the assault. He was checked over by paramedics but did not require treatment.

"Police are investigating the matter and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward."

The suspect is described as aged in his 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build with short shaven blond hair.

He was wearing a black top, blue jeans and a baseball cap and had a black and white Staffordshire bull terrier with him.

The woman he was with is described as aged in her 20s, white and around 5ft 8ins tall.

She had shoulder length blond hair and is described as being of large build.

She was wearing black leggings and a black fleece.

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