Dog walker attacked

Dog walker. (S)
Dog walker. (S)

A dog walker has been attacked in Harrogate after refusing to put his pet on a lead.

The man, aged 61, was walking along Dragon Avenue at 7.25pm on Saturday, May 10, when he was followed by another man who shouted at him to put his dog on a lead.

Police say the victim carried on walking and, as he approached Mornington Crescent, he turned to ask the man to leave him alone and was punched in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The man carried on shouting at the victim, say police, and had to be held back and moved away by passing members of the public who stopped to help.

Police are now trying to trace the attacker and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

The man is described as white, around 5ft 11in tall, aged between 25 and 30, with a medium build, short dark brown hair, and a stubbly beard which was lighter in colour than his hair.

He was wearing a dark blue knee-length raincoat, light-coloured bottoms, and dark shoes and was carrying a medium-sized dark-coloured rucksack.

The victim suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Anyone with informations is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Darren Copley or Harrogate police.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to, quoting reference number 12140074731.