Man, 69, hit with walking stick in South Yorkshire park

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A man was assaulted in a South Yorkshire park with his own walking stick after having a row over dogs with a stranger.

A man was assaulted in a South Yorkshire park with his own walking stick after having a row over dogs with a stranger.

The 69-year-old was strolling with his two dogs near ponds in Dearne Valley Country Park, off Pontefract Road, Hoyle Mill, when another man approached with a cocker spaniel.

One of his dogs approached the spaniel, which ran away and then the stranger tried to kick the victim’s dog.

The two men apparently had a verbal spat before the stranger grabbed the 69-year-old by the throat and hit him on the head with his walking stick.

Police say the suspect was a white man in his 50s, around 5ft 10ins tall and stocky.

He is described as having short dark hair that appeared to have hair gel in.

He was reportedly wearing a dark three-quarter length jacket and spoke with a local accent.

The suspect was walking a light brown cocker spaniel dog with a distinctive white stripe down the front of its face and a long tail.

Anyone with information about the incident on Tuesday October 21 is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 216 of October 21.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.