POLICE are appealing for a dog walker in Hampshire after a man suffered injuries in a dog attack.

Officers in Lymington want to talk to a woman who was walking her dog in Brockenhurst at about 7pm on Wednesday, May 22.

Police say around this time a 77-year-old man from Edinburgh was walking near Tesco when he was bitten by a Lurcher-type dog.

He suffered three puncture wounds to his forearm, swelling and bruising.

The dog had a dark coat with patches of brown and grey.

It attacked without provocation or warning and bit through the sleeve of a fleece and a shirt, officers say.

The walker is a woman, aged between 40 and 50, who is 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build.

She has dark brown hair, cut in an above-the-shoulder bob style with a fringe. She wore an outdoor jacket and skirt.

According to police, the woman apologised to the man but appeared to hurry away without exchanging any details.

PC Benjamin Collins has appealed to the woman to contact the police. He said: “We need to speak to this woman or the dog's owner. If the woman with the dog is not the owner, to offer some advice and to ensure that the dog is not a danger to people.”

The dog owner is asked to contact PC Collins at Lymington police station on 101.