Dog walker knocked out in brutal one-punch attack - but police still haven't taken statement one week on

Dog walker knocked out in brutal one-punch attack - but police still haven't taken statement one week on

Jeannette Carroll, 51, had to have loose teeth painfully rewired after assailant's violent rampage which also saw him punch a park ranger

A dog walker was knocked unconscious, left bloodied and had to have her teeth painfully rewired after a brutal attack near a park.

But one week later, police still haven't taken a statement from her.

Jeannette Carroll, 51, has slammed the state of modern policing and claims she's had to do the legwork to catch the assailant who also assaulted a park ranger.

The Eston mum-of-one, who walks dogs for a living, was near Flatts Lane Country Park last Tuesday with five pets when an agitated man shouted "get these f***ing dogs on leads".

She approached him and tried to calm the situation before he launched a savage punch to the face - knocking her unconscious for around 20 seconds.

 
Jeannette Carroll was left with nasty injuries

A park ranger tried to intervene before he was also allegedly punched by the man.

Ms Carroll said: "It was totally unexpected.

"I had gone over to reassure him, if people are nervous I will put the dogs on a lead.

"I didn't see the punch coming, when I woke up I was covered in blood."

Flatts Lane Country Park

Ms Carroll went to the accident and emergency department at James Cook University Hospital , in Middlesbrough, where she spent six hours being treated for her injuries - including stitches in her lip and having three loose teeth rewired.

Police said they are reviewing their response to the incident and lessons will be learned.

She added: "There's been no investigation and two people attacked by a random stranger in a place where people go to walk their dogs.

"I think it's a massive reflection of how things are going.

"I got brought up with good morals and the last thing you would expect is a man hitting a woman."

She said she has to keep walking dogs to earn a living but is now afraid to do so.

Jeannette Carroll, 51, from Eston was attacked

Despite contacting police around half a dozen times, she said an officer still hasn't been out to see her and take a statement about the serious assault.

She claims that an officer was rude to her on the phone and "a let down to the police".

"It's unacceptable", she said. "I'm frustrated, I feel let down, I'm very, very anxious."

She added: "I would consider myself pro police and I have total respect that they have to work through these cuts.

"But to have somebody phone up when you are nervous and anxious and show no empathy, I was just disgusted."

The alleged attacker is described as a man in his 50s with a beard and around 5ft 11" tall.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of an assault on Flatts Lane at around 1.30pm on Tuesday 17 September.

"The suspect had made off from the scene. The victim was advised to get medical attention for injuries to her mouth and teeth and call police back once this had happened.

“Police arranged for scenes of crime officers to photograph the victims’ injuries the same day and crime details were recorded over the phone.

"An appointment has been made for an officer to visit the victim on Wednesday, September 25, to take a statement. Enquiries are ongoing.

“The response to incidents is always graded dependent on the level of threat, harm and risk to the victim.

"We are reviewing our response to this incident and any issues identified will be taken on board and any lessons will be learned.”

 

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