Roger Debman
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A WOMAN who is deaf and almost totally blind was attacked

Published on Friday 17 December 1999 00:00

A WOMAN who is deaf and almost totally blind was attacked and her guide dog kicked in a motiveless attack.

A WOMAN who is deaf and almost totally blind was attacked and her guide dog kicked in a motiveless attack.Today, the senseless assault on the woman and her guide dog was widely condemned as a despicable act.The 44-year-old woman, from Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, was walking along the cyclepath between Sellers Grange and the Herlington Centre, Orton Malborne, Peterborough, at about 1.30pm on Wednesday, when the thug came up to her and kicked her dog.The attacker then grabbed hold of the woman, whose name has not been released by police, and pushed her to the floor.He then yelled at the woman, although she couldn t tell what he said, before making off.The man was wearing a leather or leather-like jacket, although the woman cannot give a better description.Sergeant Iain Allen of Thorpe Wood crime management unit said: This was a nasty and totally unprovoked attack on a vulnerable woman. We are keen to find the attacker. At this stage we have no idea what the attacker was trying to achieve, if anything. The woman suffered bruising to her back and shoulder and her guide dog is said to be uninjured.A spokesman for the Herlington Community Association said: This was a despicable attack. The woman clearly couldn t defend herself, this was a terrible thing to do. I am sure everyone in the Herlington area will be looking out to try to find out who this was. Deafblind UK communications co-ordinator Diana Robinson said: People with a dual sensory impairment are among the most vulnerable in our society, and attacks of this nature are beneath contempt.

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