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Man Assaulted By Woman With Riding Crop

Hunt Image, 26 April 2013

1:13pm 26th April 2013

A man's been assaulted in what Police say was an unprovoked attack by a woman on a horse taking part in a Dorset hunt.

The incident happened back in December during the Portman Hunt at Crate Hill in Fifehead St Quintin.

A 63 year old Somerset man was watching the event when a woman on a horse hit him round the head with her riding crop.

Police Constable Patrick McLoughlin, of North Dorset police, said: "Following extensive enquiries we are now able to release a photo of a woman we would like to track down and speak with in relation to this incident.

"This was an unprovoked assault on a man at a prestigious Dorset event, and we are very keen to find the person responsible.
"Luckily the victim did not require any hospital treatment, but was obviously left shaken by the ordeal.

"The rider's horse is quite distinctive in that it has a white mark just above it's eyes and also on it's nose.

"Witnesses and anyone with information should contact police as soon as possible in the strictest confidence."
No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 19:275. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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