Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a man as a woman claims she and her pet were bitten by a dog in Rayleigh.

It was reported a dark brown dog, described as a Staffordshire bull terrier breed, had bitten a woman on her hand at around 11.30am on Saturday.

It was further reported the victim’s dog was bitten, although thankfully suffered no injury. The incident took place in parkland off Little Wheatley Chase.


An Essex Police spokesman said: "We are appealing for witnesses and information to trace a man, described as white, aged in his late 50s, with a light brown beard and blue eyes, wearing a light-coloured cap and a two-toned puffer jacket of a brown colour. 

"If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage, then please get in contact with us. Please quote reference number 42/6716/24.

"You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am and 9pm."

Visit essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about the force's website reporting services.

Alternatively, call police on 101. To make an anonymous report, contact independent charity Crimestoppers by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.