Horse Whip Assault Woman Hunted By Police
Police are looking for a woman horse-rider who hit a 63-year-old with her whip as he watched a Dorset hunt.
Friday 26 April 2013
Officers in Sturminster Newton are stepping up their appeal for witnesses and information after a man was assaulted during a hunt in a rural location near to the town – with police now issuing an image of a woman they would like to speak with.
Police have released these pictures of the woman in question
A woman horse-rider, who whipped a man around the head with her riding crop as he watched a hunt, is being sought by police.
The 63-year-old victim was at the Portman Hunt near Sturminster Newton in Dorset when he was struck by the rider in what police are describing as an “unprovoked attack”.
The man, from Somerset, was not injured in the attack but was left “shaken” by the experience.
Officers have released a picture of a woman horse-rider they would like to speak to about the incident and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.
Police Constable Patrick McLoughlin, of North Dorset Police, said: “Following extensive inquiries, we are now able to release a photo of a woman we would like to track down and speak with in relation to this incident.
“This was an unprovoked assault on a man at a prestigious Dorset event, and we are very keen to find the person responsible.
“Luckily the victim did not require any hospital treatment, but was obviously left shaken by the ordeal.
“The rider’s horse is quite distinctive in that it has a white mark just above its eyes and also on its nose.”
The incident happened in the area of Crate Hill in Fifehead St Quintin at around 3.25pm on December 19.
Witnesses have been urged to contact police and reports will be treated in the strictest confidence. They should use the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
No arrests have been made