Ilkeston jogger incident: man comes forward over alleged attack on boy

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A man police were trying to trace in connection with an alleged assault on an eight-year-old dog walker has come forward.

Officers are still trying to trace a potential witness and are asking him to make contact.

At around 5pm on Friday, October 7, the boy and his mother were walking in the Gallows Inn playing fields, Nottingham Road, Ilkeston. They had their two dachshunds with them.

The family alleges that as a man jogged past them, one of the dogs ran near to him and the jogger swore and continued running.

Minutes later, the man jogged toward the family again and allegedly kicked one of the dogs. The boy went to see if the dog was injured and the man allegedly pushed him to the floor and kicked him in the mouth, causing minor injuries. The dog was uninjured.

A 55-year-old man has made contact with police and is helping officers with their inquiries.

One man, who the victim’s mother often sees at the park, spoke to her after the incident and went to search the park for the jogger.

She does not know him and police would like to speak to him in case he can help identify the offender.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call PC Peter Herrett on 101, quoting reference 16000314698.

Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.