A woman was attacked by two men who attempted to steal her dog.
The 53-year-old, who is believed to have been walking by the picturesque River Churnet in Oakamoor, was left with two black eyes and bruising to her arms, chest and hip.
But the men, who both spoke with Liverpudlian accents, failed in their bid to take her German Shepherd.
Now Staffordshire Police is investigating the attack, which took place at around 4.30pm on June 5, with officers checking CCTV in the area in an effort to track the men down.
The dog walker told the force that the men, who appeared to be in their twenties, spoke to her before trying to steal the dog.
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A spokeswoman, who says the force were called out to Oakamoor on Saturday evening, said: “They punched her in the face before departing. The dog, a German Shepherd, was not taken.
“The victim sustained bruises to her face, two black eyes and bruising to her arms, chest and hip.
“Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage of the area at the time and are urging any witnesses to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 0805 of June 5.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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