News is circulating locally via a Facebook status that in recent days, a local lady walking her two dogs was assaulted on the section of canal in Brownhills between the Lichfield Road and Chase Road Bridges: this area is at the side of the Castings factory, and often called ‘The Chemical’.
The incident appears to have occurred on Friday morning, 4th July 2014.
This is obviously very disturbing, as that particular stretch of towpath is very popular with dog walkers, runners and cyclists. It’s a bit isolated too, so take care if you’re up that way.
Brownhills is generally a very safe place to live, and this kind of thing is exceptional, so it’s all the more important that we try and help the Police nail this guy.
I have made enquiries with local police and will post up any further information should it become available.
The Facebook status says:
Please be on your guard if you are walking alone one the canal… I was assaulted yesterday morning while walking my 2 dogs along the canal at the back of casting in Brownhills, thank fully my wonderful soft jack Russell launched himself at the man and bit him and he got my knee before he ran off.
The police have logged it as a sexual assault due to the nature of how I was grabbed and have done a search of the surrounding areas going up to Chasewater but no luck in catching him.
It’s taken me a lot to be able to put this on here but if helps prevent another attack then its worth it, so if you or you know of anyone who walks their dogs alone along the canal please make them aware of this, thank you.
Updated 7th July, 9:40am. The victim has given this description of her assailant:
The man in question was of Asian appearance , aprox 5ft 4 slim build, dark short hair, clean shaven, wearing dark trousers, dark footwear, white teeshirt with logo on front but not sure what it was and black cycling gloves.
He may now have a dog bite to his left leg below his knee from where my dog bit him.