A FORMER Blackpool entertainer was viciously attacked by a thug as he walked his dog.
Ron Owen, was with greyhound, Jack, in Witch Wood, Lytham, when another dog walker came at him with a karate chop and then punched him in the chest, knocking the 76-year-old to the ground.
Mr Owen, from St Annes, who was formerly compere to American actress Jayne Mansfield, said: “The pain was horrendous. It gets me worked up thinking about it. It was very busy with a lot of people walking their dogs. Out of the blue two Irish Wolfhounds came towards my dog. He thought they were going to attack him so he barked at them. This horrible person then came from behind and accused Jack of biting a hole in one of his dogs.
“I asked him to show me and he grabbed me by the neck.
“Some people came across and separated us. I was shook up.”
But the ordeal didn’t stop there.
He added: “I started walking again. I saw the man in front of me. I said ‘you can run but you can’t hide mate’. He ran at me, karate chopped my neck and hit me in the chest. I fell to the ground. I was in total shock.”
The former cruise ship entertainer, who volunteers for the British Heart Foundation, had to go to hospital to be treated for severe internal bruising to his chest and breathing difficulties.
He added: “Jack never touched the dog, he’s very placid. There was no reason to attack me. I’ve been traumatised by it. It’s a nice walk but I’m very concerned about going back to Witch Wood.
“This shows how the world has changed. There’s no respect. That man is a bully half my age.”
Police are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault, which happened at 1.30pm on Sunday January 23 off Blackpool Road, to come forward.
The offender was described as 5ft 10in tall and in his mid to late 30s. He was bald on top with ginger side burns and was wearing a light coat with a red collar.
PC Stacey Billington said: “This was a particularly nasty attack on a defenceless, elderly gentleman and we need to find the person responsible. I would like to appeal directly to the three people who stopped to contact police.”
Anybody with any information should contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.