Springer spaniel saves Royston man from bungling muggers

PUBLISHED: 16:42 05 January 2012

Information is being sought by the police

Information is being sought by the police


A 55-YEAR-OLD man was saved from bungling muggers when his springer spaniel scared the attackers.

The victim was walking his dog on Therfield Heath on December 28 near the hockey pitch when he was grabbed from behind.

A second attacker demanded the man hand over his mobile phone but his dog barked and the two teenagers ran off.

December 28’s failed mugging took place at around 10.50am and the police are appealing for witnesses and information.

The first suspect is described as being in his mid-teens, of a medium build and 5ft tall. He was wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans, white trainers and a multi-coloured bobble hat under his hood which he wore up.

His accomplice is described as also being in his mid-teens, of a medium build and 5ft tall. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and a hat.

PC Richard Webster, investigating, said: “There were other people walking their dogs on the heath at the time and I would appeal to those people to contact me with any information. I would also appeal to anyone in the area at the time who believes they saw anyone matching the description of the suspects.”

Anyone with information should call Herts Police via the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number G4/11/1074. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and could be entitled to a cash reward.

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