Woman kicked in ribs and face trying to protect pet from attempted dog napping incident in West Yorkshire park

A woman was kicked and punched in her ribs and face while she tried to protect her pet from an attempted dog napping incident in a West Yorkshire park.

Police in Bradford are appealing for witnesses after the attempted robbery in Wibsey Park, Bradford on Tuesday (March 30).

> Leeds Beckett University lecturer who has autism is challenging stereotypesA woman in her 30s was walking her Shitzu dog in the park - which was very dark and poorly lit - at around 9.30pm.

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She was near the Becon Road entrance to the park, when she was approached from behind by three men, police said.

A woman was kicked and punched in her ribs and face while she tried to protect her pet from an attempted dog napping incident in a West Yorkshire park.

One of the suspects shouted at the woman for to hand over her dog.

> Woodhouse Moor Hyde Park: Anger as crowds gather for a second evening after warm weatherThe victim reached down to protect her dog but was then assaulted by one of the suspects, who kicked and punched her in the ribs and face.

The victim managed to flee the scene and run home.

She was very shaken up by the incident and suffered a lot of bruising, police said.

The suspects are described as all men with English accents and around 5ft 7”.

> Snow could hit Leeds from Easter Sunday with 'arctic plunge' just days after scorching heat waveAnyone who witnessed the incident, or has any further information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13210158572 or online.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.