POLICE have appealed for information after a runner was bitten by a dog on Turbary Common in Bournemouth.

At around 12.45pm on Monday January 18 the victim – a man aged in his 30s – noticed a female walking from the Downey Close entrance with a dog off the lead.

The dog then approached the victim and bit the top of his leg, causing it to bruise.

It is described as a Greyhound or Whippet type that was light brown or beige in colour.

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The owner of the dog said that it was a puppy and left the scene without giving her details. She is described as white, aged in her 40s, approximately five feet six inches tall and of stocky build with purple or red hair. The woman was wearing a dark jacket and trousers with beige boots.

Police Constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said: "I am appealing to anyone who was in Turbary Common around the relevant time and may have witnessed what happened to please get in touch.

"I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the dog or woman from the descriptions given.

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"Finally, I would also like to make a direct appeal to the owner of the dog to please get in touch so we can take your account of what happened."

information to police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55210012203, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.