A pensioner was assaulted twice within the space of ten days by the same men as he walked his dog in Muirhouse.
In the first incident at about 3.30pm on Friday, July 10, the 77-year-old was walking his black German Sheppard in Shields Glen when he was approached by two men.
They offered to assist him walking his dog and when refused assaulted the victim before making off, however he was uninjured and able to return home.
Then on Monday (July 20) at about 3.40pm the victim was walking his dog on Shields Road, as he passed the rear entrance to the Bullfrog, the same two men ran towards him.
One attempted to remove the victim’s dog from his grip whilst the other assaulted him causing an injury to his arm, they then made off without the dog.
He was assisted by two women and taken to Wishaw General where he received treatment.
The first assailant is described as clean shaven and wearing a grey tracksuit top with a hood and white trainers, and had short hair.
The second was also clean shaven and was wearing a black hoodie, light trousers and white trainers and had short brown hair.
Both are said to have spoken with a “funny accent”.
Detective Constable Jacqui McCann, Wishaw CID, said: “We believe that the man involved was the intended target and that the men were trying to steal his dog.
“It’s the second time in just over a week that he has been attacked. The first time was around 1530 hours on Friday 10 July, when he was approached by who he believes to be the same men in Shields Glen, Motherwell.
“On this occasion he was hit on the head by the men but not injured – again he believes they tried to get his dog.
“He walks his dog in the same place every day and at the same time – so if the intent is to steal his dog, the suspects will know his routine.
“It is very possible that they have been hanging about the area for the past while and so people may have seen them there.
““This is the first instance of this (attempting to steal a dog) we have come across but obviously if anyone else has been approached or seen the two men then please come forward.
“These men have obviously no issue with using violence. It was a very frightening and particularly nasty attack and it is imperative that we trace those responsible.”
Anyone with information should contact officers at Wishaw Police Office via the non-emergency number 101 or alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where details can be given in confidence.