Woman attacked with a Stanley knife by two men as they tried to steal her dog in Doncaster

An investigation is underway after an attempted robbery and assault in Hatfield.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 12:03 pm

It is reported that at around 8.55pm on Wednesday, June 9, a 25-year-old woman was walking her dog in Coppice Lane towards Harpenden Drive when two men approached her from behind and attempted to steal her dog.

When the victim defended herself, one of the men attacked her with what is believed to have been a Stanley knife. She suffered minor injuries to her face and hands.

The men fled the scene and the victim quickly reported the incident to the police. Officers immediately responded, and an investigation is underway to locate the men involved.

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Detective Chief Inspector Steve Smith said: “We understand the concern that this incident will cause for the local community, and would like to reassure you that we are treating this incident incredibly seriously.

“We are currently reviewing nearby CCTV footage and carrying out door-to-door enquiries. There are an increased number of officers in the area and we encourage you to speak to them if you have any concerns. If you do see anything suspicious, please tell us or report this either online or through 101.”

If you have any information that might help our officers in their investigation, please call 101 quoting incident number 1033 of 9 June.

Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

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