UPDATE: Woman attacked while walking dog in Chorley

Police are appealing for information after a woman suffered an 'unprovoked assault' while walking her dog.
Police are appealing for information after a woman suffered an 'unprovoked assault' while walking her dog.

Police are appealing for information after a woman and her dog were subjected to an 'unprovoked assault' while walking by a canal towpath.

The 36-year-old woman was verbally and physically attacked by a man and a woman while walking her dog along Hoggs Lane, Chorley, say police.

Officers added that both the woman and the dog were reportedly kicked during the incident, which happened at around 2pm on Saturday, March 11 .

A passerby driving a blue coloured vehicle on Bolton Road stopped to help the vicitm and give her and her dog a lift home.

Police are now appealing for this witness to come forward.

A spokesman for Chorley Police said in a post to their Facebook page: "On Saturday March 11 a 36-year-old woman was walking with her dog from the canal towpath along Hoggs Lane, Chorley, towards Bolton Road when she was subjected to an unprovoked assault.

"It is then believed the victim was seen by a passer-by who was driving a blue coloured vehicle on Bolton Road, Chorley who stopped to help the victim and then gave her and her dog a lift home.

"If you witnessed the incident or have any information, or if you are the driver who stopped to take the victim home, please get in touch with the police."

Lancashire Police have confirmed that the woman did not suffer serious injuries and the dog has made a full recovery.

Anyone with information can contact PC 8252 Thompson, Chorley Police quoting Crime reference number SC1701879 on 101."