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Dog walker has beer bottle smashed over his head in Woosehill attack


A DOG walker in Woosehill Meadows was left with head injuries after thugs smashed a beer bottle over his head. 

Police are promising to launch a long-term plan to tackle the ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The incident took place on Sunday, August 25, around 6.10pm. 

The victim was a 49-year-old man who was in Woosehill Meadows. 

Thames Valley Police said that he was approached by two boys on bicycles.

One of the boys tried to kick the dog and when he was challenged, another person behind him took a bottle of beer from him and hit him over the head with it.

The victim sustained a large cut to the top of his head and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

The first offender is described as a white boy aged 16 or 17. He was of a medium build and had medium length dark hair. He was wearing a black top and black jogging bottoms and was riding a silver bicycle.

The second offender is described as a taller, thinner white boy. He had ginger hair which was long on the top and short on the sides. He was wearing a black top and grey jogging bottoms and was also riding a bicycle.

Investigating officer PC Phattra Phiromnam, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who recognises the description of these two boys to come forward. It is likely that the person who hit the victim isn’t one of the people described and I am keen to identify them.

“You can get in touch using the online form on our website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43190262823. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Local neighbourhood officer for Wokingham, PC Dan Colyer, said: “We are aware that Woosehill Meadows has been the subject of anti-social behaviour recently. 

“We take this issue very seriously and are working in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council to implement a long-term plan for the area. 

“My team and I will also be supporting the investigation team as they pursue outstanding enquiries and I urge anyone with concerns to speak to any of us as we are out on patrol.”

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