Search

Woman hit in face with handbag by angry dog walker in Hornchurch

16:04 10 April 2014

Not the handbag used.

Not the handbag used.

Archant

A woman was smacked in the face with a handbag after telling a dog walker to keep her pets under control in Hornchurch this morning.

Police are investigating the alleged assault in Globe Road, near Hylands Park, which left the victim with bruises and a cut face.

Pauline Henkel, 35, said she was walking with her nine-year-old son Alfie Boyle when the dog walker told the boy to stop bouncing his ball.

She added: “We walked away but then the dogs were growling and I said she should stop them.

“I was walking away and she told me to ‘shut the f*** up’.

“I asked her who she thought she was talking to and then she hit me in the face with her handbag.

“She pushed me to the ground and then she was kicking me – my son saw the whole thing.”

Ms Henkel said she had never seen anything like it in Hornchurch during her time living there.

When she got up, the attacker had disappeared.

Police were called to the scene at about 10.30am near the park entrance.

A Havering Police spokesman said: “The attack took place following a verbal argument concerning a child’s ball annoying suspect’s dog .

“Following the initial exchange of words, the suspect allegedly struck the victim in the face with her handbag, causing her to fall to the ground, and kicked the victim while she lay on the ground.”

The suspect is a white woman, aged 30 to 35, 5ft 6ins tall with dark brown hair in a ponytail.

She spoke with a European accent and was wearing a purple hooded top with black leggings and trainers.

She was accompanied by a small “sausage” type dog.

Anyone with information should call Havering CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Daniel Radcliffe posed for this selfie with Zarra Cushing. The pair passed their tests at the same time. Picture: Zarra Cushing

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe passed his driving test in Hornchurch today.

36 minutes ago
Do you recognise this man?

This man is wanted for questioning by police in connection with two robberies in Romford town centre.

The family of Prince the six-month-old pup were overjoyed and confused when their family pet was returned to them shaved.

A family was both overjoyed and bewildered when their missing dog was returned to them with less fur than he had left with.

Is this Daniel Radcliffe? Picture: Sabjon Memia (@Sabjon_MEMIA)

Is this Daniel Radcliffe snapped driving in Hornchurch today?

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

An underwater cable has been cut. It seems that it wasn’t the cable that was supposed to be cut.

For anyone in the hold up – it’s not much fun.

Even for Buffalo – one of the US’s snowiest places – the weather has been extreme,

#NotVotingUkip was labelled a welcome reassurance by some of the Twitterati.