A 69-year-old dog walker was subjected to a “horrendous and unprovoked” attack after she was punched and kicked in Burnham.

The victim was walking her three dogs in Burnham Beeches Park last Tuesday afternoon (October 10) and returned to her car parked in Halse Drive, when a black five-door car drove past.

The car was being chased by two merle-coloured cocker spaniel dogs.

After putting her dogs in her car, the victim drove on to Lord Mayors Drive when she saw the same two cocker spaniels chasing the same black five-door car.

She stopped her car to get hold of the dogs to try and move them to safety, and as she got out, she was viciously attacked by the passenger in the other car, who punched her in the face and kicked her in the ribs.

The assault happened at around 1.45pm and left the victim with a bruised cheekbone and eye socket, and a cracked rib.

The attacker then picked up the cocker spaniels and put them in the dark car, which was then driven away from the scene.

The victim was taken to Wexham Park Hospital for treatment – she has since been discharged and is recovering at home, police said.

The attacker has been described as a white woman in her early to mid-twenties, about 5ft 6ins, with shoulder length mousey or light blonde hair. She was said to be wearing a light coloured jacket and dark trousers. 

Investigating officer, detective constable Lisa-Marie Flitter, of the investigation Hub, said: “This was a horrendous and unprovoked attack on a Good Samaritan who was trying to move the two dogs to safety because they were running in the road.”

Anyone who recognises the description of the attacker, or has any information, is being urged to contact police on 101 quoting reference 43170300717, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.