Fireworks thrown at blind woman and guide dog as they walked through Leeds park

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<em>A blind woman and her guide dog were attacked with fireworks, West Yorkshire Police said (Getty/stock photo)</em>
A blind woman and her guide dog were attacked with fireworks, West Yorkshire Police said (Getty/stock photo)

A blind woman and her guide dog were attacked with lit fireworks as they made their way through a park in Leeds, police have said.

The unidentified victim, aged in her fifties, had fireworks pointed in her and her animal’s direction as they walked in Hyde Park on Tuesday evening.

Neither she nor her dog were struck by the items and both were uninjured, but she was left upset and distressed. The dog was startled and had tried to run off.

West Yorkshire Police tweeted about the shocking incident late on Tuesday evening, praising the actions of ‘two good Samaritans’ who came to the woman’s aid.

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<em>The victim was walking through Hyde Park in Leeds at the time of the attack (Geograph/stock photo)</em>
The victim was walking through Hyde Park in Leeds at the time of the attack (Geograph/stock photo)

The force wrote: ‘To the individuals that aimed fireworks at a blind lady and her guide dog in @Hyde_Park_Leeds this evening, you should be utterly ashamed.

‘To the 2 good Samaritans that came to her aid, you should be proud.

‘Please RT and let’s see if we can identify the witnesses and the suspects.’

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A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson told Yahoo News UK: ‘She [the victim] told officers it sounded like three to four youths were involved and that they had been about 20 metres away on the path that runs parallel to Moorland Road, near to the junction with St John’s Avenue.

‘Two women came to her aid and helped her to safety. Officers are keen to trace those women as potential witnesses to the incident.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Leeds North West Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 quoting crime reference 13180544785 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 101.