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POLICE have renewed an appeal for information after a woman was punched in the face while walking her dog in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth.

The 45-year-old woman was walking her pet in the chalk fields along Lime Grove at the bottom of Portsdown Hill when she was approached by a man in dark clothes and a hooded top.

He asked her for a lighter for a cigarette. After telling him she didn’t smoke he grabbed her and punched her in the face.

She managed to run away and left the field through the gates at Chalk Pit Road. The woman received swelling and bruising to her neck and face during the attack between 4.45pm and 5.10pm on Wednesday, December 5.

She is recovering from her injuries at home.

It is thought the man may have received an injury to his face or head during the assault.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Erica Leigh said: ‘Officers are appealing for witnesses to the assault of a female dog walker in the area known as the Chalk Pit that runs along Lime Grove in Paulsgrove. ‘Were you in the area at the time of the assault?

‘Did you see anyone hanging around the area or looking suspicious?

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact CID at Fratton Police Station by calling 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.