Gang kicks dog during assaults

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A MOTHER and son were attacked and threatened with a knife while out walking their dog.

The 35-year-old and her 16-year-old son were walking their terrier behind Malvern Close, near the Pennine Drive area of Peterlee, when they were approached by a gang of five teenagers, including three girls

Durham Police said two boys from the group punched the son in the face and around the body a number of times, before pushing over and hitting the mother.

The thugs them kicked the dog, and pulled out a small knife and a screwdriver to threaten the owners, before leaving.

Officers investigating the unprovoked attack said the mum, son and dog suffered no lasting injuries.

They were left battered and bruised, but did not need hospital treatment.

Pc Anna Mitchell, of Peterlee Police, said: “They were obviously very shocked and traumatised, but at the same time I want to stress to people living in that area this was a one-off and an isolated incident.”

The first attacker was aged between 15 and 19, 5ft 10in tall, slim and with dark hair.

He was wearing a navy and white top zipped up at the front and its hood up, dark tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured wellies.

He spoke with a local accent.

The second boy was about the same age, between 5ft and 6ft tall, thin and with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit, which also had the hood up, and had a scarf covering his face.

A description has also been issued of one of the girls, said to be about 14 years old, of slim to medium build, about 5ft tall and was wearing a black jacket bearing the Barbour emblem on the front left side and black leggings.

The attack happened at 12.25am on New Year’s Day, although police have only just released details.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Mitchell at Durham Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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