A WOMAN has described how she punched and kicked a man who tried to steal her dog.

Lucy Gaunt has reported what happened in Windmill Hill to police.

She says: “Irish men in an old white van stopped whilst I was walking the dog in Windmill Hill offering me £2000 cash for him.

They then waited for me to go down a wooded footpath.

The dog then started growling, I turned around and one of the men tried to grab my hand or leads.

I punched and kicked, my dog bit him and I ran.

I jumped over a fence into field of crops and hid. I will inform the police.”