Woman chased and bitten twice by dog in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:31 27 July 2017

Hatfield's Ellenbrook Fields

Hatfield's Ellenbrook Fields

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Police today appealed for witnesses after a woman was chased and bitten twice by a dog in Hatfield.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, was playing with a football in Ellenbrook Fields behind the University of Hertfordshire when a large dog approached her.

The animal, which was not on a lead, began jumping up at the victim before biting her on the back. The victim ran away from the dog but it chased her and bit her again on the waist.

Another woman then called the dog – which is believed to have been a German Shepherd – back to her before leaving the scene.

She is described as around 6ft tall, roughly 30 years of age and had a tanned complexion. She also had dark brown hair tied up into a topknot.

The victim was left with minor injuries following the incident and received medical treatment.

Following the attack between 3.30pm and 4.50pm on Monday, July 10, police today appealed for witnesses.

PC Gavin Richardson, from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was a frightening and distressing incident for the victim, who luckily was not seriously injured as a result.

“We are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and saw a woman matching the description leaving the area to please get in touch with us.

“We are also appealing for a man who we believe witnessed the incident to please come forward and speak to us, because he may well have vital evidence that could assist us with our investigation.

“He is described as white, of slim build, aged in his early 20s and was around 5ft 11in tall. He had dark brown hair with light stubble and was wearing a light blue shirt with blue jeans.

“He had a small white dog with him and spoke to the victim directly after the incident.”

PC Richardson asked anyone who has information that could assist the investigation to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B2/17/3424.

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