Appeal to trace dog walker who may have witnessed assault in Emersons Green

new police picPolice are trying to trace a dog walker who may have information which could help their investigation into an assault on a 20-year-old man in Emersons Green.

He was walking home from an evening out when he was knocked to the ground, kicked and punched by two young men – one of them carrying a knife – who demanded money and his phone.

It happened just before 11.30pm last Thursday (11th May). The victim said he passed a group of four young men sitting on a bench on Emersons Green Lane and that they followed him before assaulting him near Emersons Green Village Park playground.

He described seeing an “elderly” man walking what he said was a German Shepherd dog and officers are particularly keen to speak to this man.

The victim needed hospital treatment for concussion and injuries to his ribs and nose, but nothing was stolen.

The first attacker is described as white, about 18, 5ft 6in and stocky. He wore a grey tracksuit and a black balaclava and was carrying a kitchen knife.

The second was also white, in his early 20s, 6ft 2in and stocky. He wore a black tracksuit and had a distinctive scar running from his sideburn to his mouth.

They were accompanied by two other white men who were described as younger and smaller, who did not take part in the attack.

Anyone with any information which could help the police with their inquiries, especially the man walking his dog, is asked to get in touch online, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217105373. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111