Dog protects woman from stranger who made advances near Hartlepool United ground

Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United, in Clarence Road.
Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United, in Clarence Road.

A pet dog has helped to protect its owner from unwanted attention from a stranger.

The 22-year-old was walking the dog along Clarence Road in Hartlepool on Sunday at about 6pm when a man asked her to go with him.

Clarence Road where the dog walker was approached by a man

Clarence Road where the dog walker was approached by a man

He asked her again behind Hartlepool United football ground but left when her dog growled at him.

The man is described as white, around 6ft and wearing a black hat, grey hooded tracksuit top and bottoms with black trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Geoffrey Coggin on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.