A runner was bitten on her left leg by a large white dog as she jogged through woodland.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses about a man they wish to speak to who was walking a Samoyed or akita type dog on an extendable lead.

The incident occurred in the woods at Batchwood near Toulmin Drive, between 4pm and 4.15pm on Sunday, January 28.

The victim was left “in pain” after being bitten and knocked to the ground while she was running with her own dog.

Officers would now like to speak to a man of Asian appearance between 20 and 25 years old with a very slim build.

PC Jane Flemons, who is investigating, said: “The victim was in shock following the attack and did not manage to get the details of the man who was walking the large dog.

“There were a number of other people using the woods at this time and I’m appealing for anyone who saw the man to get in touch as you may have information that could help our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Flemons by emailing jane.flemons@ herts.pnn.police.uk, calling the non-emergency number 101 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.