Teenage girls arrested after dog walker attacked in Matlock

Derbyshire Constabulary areappealing for witnesses to theassault that happened just off Butts Drive, near to the Matlock Green Scouts and Guides' Hut on Wednesday, April 18 at around 6.30pm.
Derbyshire Constabulary areappealing for witnesses to theassault that happened just off Butts Drive, near to the Matlock Green Scouts and Guides' Hut on Wednesday, April 18 at around 6.30pm.

Two teenage girls have been arrested as part of an investigation into an attack on a dog walker in Matlock.

The girls, who are both 17 and from the town, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, questioned and released under investigation while inquiries continue.

The assault happened just off Butts Drive, near to the Matlock Green Scouts and Guides’ Hut, at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, April 18.

A 35-year-old man was walking his dog across a field when he noticed a group of people near to the hut. One of the men from the group shouted something at him, but he carried on walking.

He was then punched to the back of the head and knocked to the ground. The group then allegedly stood over him and began kicking, punching and stamping on him.

It is believed the group was made up of between 8-11 people, most of whom were men but there were also two women present.

The victim was later taken to Chesterfield hospital with serious injuries.

A 20-year-old man has already been arrested and released on police bail, and an 18-year-old man has been arrested and released under investigation.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Toby Maddock on 101, quoting reference 18000175439.

Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.