Dog handlers attacked by man in Brimsham Park


A FAMILY is concerned for their safety and that of other dog walkers after a 63-year-old man was assaulted while walking in Yate.

Chris Palmer suffered a number of injuries after being hit and kicked on the floor by another man just before 6:30 p.m. on October 29 when he tried to stop a German Shepherd from attacking his small dog.

Mr Palmer was walking his Bichon Frize in a field near Autumn Brook and Coopers Lake in Brimsham Park when the large off-leashed Black German Shepherd came up to them and began to growl aggressively.

Mr Palmer called to warn his owner at what point the German Shepherd was running away.

Moments later the dog returned and attacked Mr. Palmer’s dog. While trying to separate the animals, Mr. Palmer was attacked by the owner.

The elderly man was knocked to the ground by the assailant, who was with a woman and young children, and then repeatedly kicked in the back and ribs.

A family member said Mr. Palmer was now afraid to walk his dog alone and had difficulty standing due to the severity of his injuries.

“We are devastated that this has happened to our gentle father. He’s afraid of leaving his own house. How can a man who is probably half his age, with his own family, hit an older man and kick him when he is led to the ground, it is more than disgusting.

“As a family, we ask everyone who has seen something to please contact us so that this does not happen to any other defenseless person.”

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police Department said they were keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack.

Officials attended the evening and recorded details while another unit searched the area for the suspect without a trace.

The attacker is described as a white man in his early 20s, about six feet tall and stocky, with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark hoodie, jeans, and sneakers.

The woman he was with pushed a buggy and had three children.

Anyone who has observed the incident or has any other information that could help is asked to call 101 and provide reference 5221254228.


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