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This man was attacked for stepping in to stop a dog being beaten in Preston

Posted on - 2nd February, 2017 - 6:51pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News, Preston City Centre
Police have released a CCTV image of the victim - saying it might help the public remember the incident
Police have released a CCTV image of the victim – saying it might help the public remember the incident

An animal lover who intervened to stop a dog being beaten in the street was on the receiving end of an attack.

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The victim, a 58-year-old Preston man, was walking along Church Street in Preston city centre on Friday (27 January) when he witnessed a man and woman arguing at the junction with Grimshaw Street.

During the incident between 9pm and 9.30pm the attacker kicked the dog.

This caused the victim to cross the road to speak to the man.

His actions triggered the man with the dog to knock him to the floor and leave him with a fractured eye socket.

DC Corina Barton from Preston CID said: “The victim is an animal lover and only approached the male as he was upset at the treatment of the dog.

“He received a significant injury as a result of the attack.

“If you saw this man and woman with the dog or you witnessed the assault, please get in touch.

“The victim (pictured) was wearing a distinctive jacket which was light and dark blue with red flashes so I am hoping that someone may remember seeing him.”

The male offender is described as white, around 6ft, of proportionate build, with short, dark hair, stubble and was wearing a dark coloured jacket and jeans.

The woman is said to be white, around 5ft 5ins, of proportionate build with blonde or fair hair. She was wearing a parka type jacket.

Anyone with information can call us on 101 quoting incident reference 1266 of January 27th.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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