Dog protects master from muggers

PUBLISHED: 14:47 30 January 2012

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A LOYAL dog helped protect his master by growling at a would-be mugger and scaring the offender away.

A 43-year-old man – who police have not named – was walking his pet along Milton Road in Weston at around 9pm on Wednesday when he became aware of a man following him.

The dog-walker became concerned and changed his route, heading into Ashcombe Park Road.

The second person continued to follow him at first, but then turned off into the park.

However, another man then approached from the direction of Upper Bristol Road on a mountain bike, before stopping in front of the victim and demanding cash.

When the dog-walker said he did not have any money, the man grabbed him by the arm.

The victim managed to shake himself free and released his dog from its lead – and when it began to growl in defence of its master, the would-be robber fled.

Police have described the two suspects as a white man, about 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build and aged in his early 30s and a black man of stocky build, who was about 5ft 9ins tall and in his late 30s.

The first suspect had a slim face, with chin stubble and was wearing a light beige-coloured Adidas jacket with a hooded top, dark coloured trousers, possibly tracksuit bottoms.

The second suspect had a chubby face and was wearing a black zip-up jacket with a hood, black tracksuit bottoms and black training shoes and he was on a mountain bike.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the Ashcombe Park Road/Milton Road and Upper Bristol Road area on the day in question who may have information to help their inquiries.

Anyone able to help is asked to contact Weston CID on the force’s non-emergency number 101.

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