Police appeal after Monkstown Wood attempted robbery

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Police in Newtownabbey are continuing to appeal for information relating to an attempted robbery in the Monkstown Wood area on Wednesday, May 21.

A police spokesperson told the Newtownabbey Times: “Shortly before 12:10pm, it was reported that a 32-year-old female was walking in the area when she was approached from behind by an unknown male.

“The male grabbed the female by the hair and pushed her to the ground.

“It is believed the male demanded money and the female’s phone during the incident, but made off empty handed.

“The male is described as 5”10 tall, slim build and wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

“It is believed the male may have been bitten by a dog walking with the female during the incident. Enquiries are continuing.”

To date, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Alliance Councillor Tom Campbell encouraged anyone with information about the attack to pass it on to police. He stated:

“It was fortunate that the woman who was attacked was walking her dog and the alleged assailant seems to have been scared off because of the dog’s protective nature.

“This would have been a very upsetting incident as the woman was grabbed by the hair and forced to the ground.

“We want our parks to be free of such violence and I know that the public will wish to offer its cooperation in the hunt for this culprit.”

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Newtownabbey Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101.

Anyone who wishes to provide information without giving personal details, should contact Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 11.