Dog walker needed 14 stitches after attack on Hartlepool beach

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A MAN was left needing 14 stitches for a gash to his face after he was attacked while walking his dog.

The victim, who is believed to be in his 50s, was walking his boxer dog on Seaton Beach from the golf course area northbound towards The Front.

He was approached by another dog walker, a man who was walking a border terrier-type dog, when he was attacked, before the suspected attacker ran away towards the car park of Seaton Carew Golf Club.

Police have just released details of the incident, which happened on Saturday, March 14, at around 10.50am.

Officers released a description of the susopected assailant, who is said to be a white man in his 40s, wearing a blue woollen hat, a grey jacket, and trousers.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police appealed for witnesses who may have been in the area at the time to come forward.

She said: “A middle-aged male was walking his boxer dog on the beach from the golf course area of Seaton Carew towards Seaton Front.

“The victim was approached by a male walking a border terrier.

“The male then assaulted the victim by punching him before making off on foot into the golf course car park area.

“Witnesses are sought that may have been on the beach at the time of the incident or in the car park as the male made off.

“The victim needed 14 stitches from his forehead to the top of his nose.”

Anyone with any information about the attack is asked to contact Pc Kevin Rutherford at Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.