A WOMAN was bitten and dragged to the ground by a dangerous dog in Thatcham on Friday, December 21.

Police are now appealing for witnesses following the incident, in which a loose German Shepherd dog was running in the road on the A4, Bath Road, when a 33-year-old woman approached it to prevent it from running into traffic.

The dog then attacked the her, before she was helped by a member of the public.

The dog’s owner then came to the scene and fled with the animal.

The victim suffered puncture wounds to her arm, which required hospital treatment. She has since been discharged after having stitches.

The owner of the dog is described as a white man, around 6ft tall and of slim build, with short dark hair. He was dressed in a black Puffa jacket which had a grey stripe on it.

Investigating officer PC Claire Simpson said: “This was a traumatic incident for the victim, who suffered serious and painful injuries to her arm.

“We are appealing to any witnesses to this incident to come forward and help us with our investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote 43180389202.”

Reports can be made online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ or Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.