Woman with black eye claims she was struck with pet lead by dogwalker

A woman has alleged she was left with a black eye after being reportedly struck with a dog lead by a dog walker during a verbal altercation.

Emma Clay, 36, was walking her seven pugs in Cricketers Park, Liverpool, on August 11, when she says she witnessed a spat between a professional dog walker and a male acquaintance of hers.

Video recorded by Emma and another witness shows Nikki O'Donughue appearing to twirl a dog lead and it appears to strike Emma's face as she tries to back away.

Emma told the Liverpool Echo she is now scared to leave the house.

She said her pugs Buddy, Eric, Rico, Macy, Button, Beau, and Coco are her "babies" since she had cancer treatment and is unable to have children.

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Emma explained: "I suffer with a lot of anxiety and it was so upsetting.

"I feel like I can't go out of the house in case I bump into her."

Nikki O'Donoghue claimed to the Echo she "lost her temper" and attacked Emma with the lead.

But she said it was in reaction to being "verbally assaulted".

Merseyside Police say they are investigating reports of an assault and have invited a woman to a voluntary police interview.

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A police spokeswoman said: "It was reported that, following a verbal altercation in Cricketers Park, near Sandown Lane, a woman was hit in the face with a dog lead.

"The female suspect then made off in a white Renault van.

"The victim suffered minor injuries to her face and was left shaken by the incident.

"Patrols attended the scene and, following enquires, a woman is due to voluntarily attend at a police station for interview by officers."

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