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SHOCKING: appeal after man attempted to steal a French Bulldog before punching the owner near Stonehouse

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Police are investigating after a woman was attacked in Stonehouse in what is believed to have been an attempt to steal her dog.

It was reported that a woman was walking near to Downton Road between Stanley Downton and Bridgend at around 10am yesterday morning, Tuesday 18 January, when she was approached by a man who punched her and tried to take her dog.

The woman was able to stop the man from taking her French Bulldog but sustained facial injuries after being punched.

The offender was described as being a white man who was around 6ft tall, in his early 30s, had a strong Gloucester accent and was clean-shaven. He was wearing green wellies, green rubber fishing style trousers, a black jacket and khaki hat.

He was walking a brown dog, possibly a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, at the time of the incident and left through a nearby field.

Officers from the Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team are now conducting reassurance patrols in the area as well as doing house to house enquiries and speaking to local residents.

Anyone who witnessed this taking place or has information is asked to please get in contact.

Information can be submitted online by completing the following form and quoting incident 118 of 18 January: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

Alternatively you can call police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org.

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