Police hunt man who set his Staffordshire bull terrier on cyclist

Woman cyclist in her 40s suffers serious bite injuries when dog owner set his Staffordshire bull terrier on her ‘after accusing her of nearly knocking over his child’

  • A female cyclist was attacked by a Staffy Bullmastiff in Lancaster on May 5
  • The cyclist and a friend had to brake to avoid striking a woman and a child 
  • Police said the woman has been left with ‘life-changing’ injuries after the attack
  • Officers said they would like to identify the man as they wish to speak to him 

Police are hunting for a dog owner who got his Staffy Bullmastiff dog to bite a cyclist on the leg leaving her needing hospital treatment. 

The victim and her friend were riding along a cycleway in Lancaster behind Priory Church and the Millennium Bridge when they were were forced to brake to avoid a woman and a child. . 

Shortly afterwards, the man with a dog stopped both women who he accused of ‘almost knocking into’ his child. 

According to Lancashire Police, witnesses said the man ‘slapped one of his dogs on the head’, causing it to bite the victim on her upper leg. 

Police said the dog remained attached to the woman ‘for several minutes before she managed to break free’ suffering ‘potentially life-changing’ injuries. 

The woman was rushed to Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment where she was later discharged. 

Police are appealing for information after a female cyclist was attacked by a dog while riding along this cycle path in Lancaster on May 4 

The woman who was riding with a friend was attacked after they were forced to brake to avoid a woman with a child. Moments later they were confronted by a man with a dog

Lancashire Police said the man slapped the head of his dog who clamped its jaws into the woman’s upper leg leaving her with life-changing injuries (file photograph) 

The victim, a woman in her 40s from Morecambe was attacked around 4pm on May 5. Police said they received a call from the ambulance service at 4.23pm. 

Police have not made any arrests at this stage, but they would like to speak with the dog walker. 

PC Richard Hannaford, of Morecambe Police, said: ‘This incident has left the victim with a very serious injury.

‘As part of our ongoing enquiries we need to identify and speak to the man who was walking the dogs. I would urge anybody who knows who he is – or the man himself – to contact the police as soon as possible.

‘Similarly, I would ask any witnesses or anybody with CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage which could assist our investigation to please get in touch.’

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: ‘As part of our ongoing enquiries, we now need to identify and speak to the dog walker.

‘He is described as: white, 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall, of a slim build with short back and sides brown hair. He is thought to be in his early 30s and was not wearing a top.

‘Email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log 0917 of May 5, 2022.’

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