OFFICERS are investigating an incident where a woman was bitten on the hand by a large dog on Highcliffe beach.

The incident occurred at around 1.45pm on Saturday, June 5, on the beach between Steamer Point and Highcliffe Castle while the victim was walking her dog with her family.

It is reported that a large dog ran toward the victim’s dog’s neck. The victim – a woman aged in her 40s from the New Forest area – got caught up during the incident and the large dog bit her. 

The dog, which was not on a lead at the time of the incident, is described as an Akita crossed with a Doberman with dark brown or black short fur.

The victim sustained a bite to her hand and scratches and she attended hospital for treatment.

Police Constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said: “The owners of the dog walked away and did not provide their details, so I am carrying out enquiries to locate them.

“I am now in a position to issue an image of a man and a woman who I would like to speak to as part of my enquiries and I would urge anyone who recognises them to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210089530.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.