A DOG walker was punched and threw a punch after a would-be robber demanded his wallet.
Police in Peterlee are appealing for witnesses after the attempted robbery on a man out walking his dog at the weekend.
The attack happened at around 11.30pm on Saturday, as the victim, aged in his mid-20s, was walking his dog along the path off Peterlee Cricket Club in Helford Road.
He was approached by a man wearing a black tracksuit who demanded he hand over his wallet.
The dog walker refused, and the other man threw a punch at his face.
The victim then threw a punch in return and the would-be robber fled when two other men, who are thought to have been making their way home from the nearby Hearts of Oak pub came across to intervene.
The suspect was described as very thin, around 5ft 9ft to 5ft 10in tall spoke with a local accent.
The tracksuit had a white pinstripe running down each arm and leg.
The victim suffered only a minor injury.
Pc Glen Davies, who is investigating the attempted robbery, said he was keen to hear from the two men who stepped in to help.
He said: “We think they may have been making their way in the direction of Oakerside Drive and saw what they initially assumed was a fight.
“As we do not have their details we would ask them to get in touch if they can help our inquiries.”
Anyone with information should contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.