Doncaster East police officers have been conducting patrols around the Coppice Lane area of Hatfield after a woman was slashed with a knife during an attempt to steal her dog.
Earlier today (Thursday 10 June), South Yorkshire Police said that an investigation was underway after an “attempted robbery and assault in Hatfield”.
Police say that at around 8:55pm on Wednesday 9 June, a 25-year-old woman was walking her dog along Coppice Lane towards Harpenden Drive when two men approached her from behind and attempted to steal her dog.
When the victim defended herself, one of the men attacked her with what is believed to have been a Stanley knife. She suffered minor injuries to her face and hands, police say.
The men are said to have fled the scene and the victim reported the incident to South Yorkshire Police.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Smith said: “We understand the concern that this incident will cause for the local community, and would like to reassure you that we are treating this incident incredibly seriously”.
DCI Smith said nearby CCTV footage was being reviewed and officers were carrying out door-to-door enquiries.
DCI Smith continued: “There are an increased number of officers in the area and we encourage you to speak to them if you have any concerns. If you do see anything suspicious, please tell us or report this either online or through 101.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 1033 of 9 June, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or call 0800 555 111.