Officers are seeking witnesses after a pensioner was threatened with violence and had his walking stick stolen following an altercation with a dog walker in Bedgebury Pinetum.
The victim, aged in his 70s, had been walking his own dog and was accompanied by his wife when the incident took place on Thursday 23 August 2018. At around 4.30pm the couple were making their way back to their car which was parked in an area off Park Lane, Hawkhurst, when their dog was attacked by what was described as a black lurcher.
The victim used his walking stick to separate the dogs and was subsequently approached by the lurcher’s owner, who is said to have threatened him. It is alleged a woman with the suspect, who was using crutches, then screamed for the man to violently assault the victim.
The victim and his wife made their way back to their car, but were followed by the suspect who continued to make threats and also demanded money. He is said to have grabbed the pensioner’s walking stick and as the victim was attempting to drive away used it to smash its rear lights. He then left the scene in a white van.
The suspect is described as being around 6ft 3ins tall and of muscular build. He had short curly ginger hair, ginger stubble and is believed to be aged in his 20s. He also had tattoos on his arms. The woman with the suspect is described as having an older appearance and was of average height. She had long black hair with grey streaks and was dressed in black clothing.
Anyone with information, including other motorists who may have seen anything, should call the west Kent appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/30469/18.
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