A WOMAN shouted abuse at two girls and kicked the elderly dog they were walking at a Poole recreation ground before punching one of the teenagers.

The girls were walking their Shar-Pei dog, which was on a lead, in Wallisdown Recreation Ground between Talbot Primary School and Wallisdown Road when the assault took place.

Between 4.30pm and 4.40pm on Wednesday, November 11, a black and white Cocker Spaniel came over to the elderly Shar-Pei, which is nervous of other dogs and rested its weight on the Spaniel to control it.

The owner of the Spaniel began to shout abuse at the girls and kicked their dog, before punching one of the teenagers in the arm.

The woman is described as white, aged in her late 30s, approximately five feet five inches tall and of slim build with wavy blonde greying hair that went down to her collar.

She was described as wearing a long green coat with a fluffy hood and black office-style shoes.

Dorset Police has launched an investigation and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

PC Mal Dye, of Dorset Police, said: “This incident was very distressing for the two girls and I am keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed what happened.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who recognises the woman from the description given or may have any information to assist my enquiries

“The owner of the Spaniel was accompanied by a woman with a Shih-Tzu dog and I am appealing directly to the two women to please get in contact so I can get your account.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200170320. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.