A WOMAN claimed she was subjected to a vicious assault in broad daylight, while with her family in a country park.

The 45-year-old said she went dog walking at Moses Gate Country Park, with her 67-year-old mother and 88-year-old grandmother, at around 4.30pm last Friday.

She said that man, who she did not recognise, approached the dogs and one of them growled at him.

The man appeared to go to strike one of the dogs and this caused an argument.

Describing the incident and her injuries on a Facebook post, the woman said: “The man was about four metres away and swiftly closed the gap before punching me in the face so hard I was lifted off my feet and found myself on the floor staring at the sky. My spectacles were flung several metres behind me in the dirt.

“He could have seriously injured my mother and grandmother too as he had no problem punching a 45 year old woman in the face.

“He hit me so hard that I my nose, upper and lower lips are sore and swollen. My lips are cut to pieces. My throat, neck and shoulders are very painful from the punch and hitting the ground. My front teeth are very sore and tender and I’m worried they might become loose when the swelling goes down.”

She described the attacker as being in his mid-50s, with a stocky build, about 5’10” or 11”, with close cropped white hair.

The woman added that the man was Caucasian with a swarthy complexion, and wore a black T-shirt with a rock band style print, a denim jacket and slightly darker denim jeans.

She said that after the assault, he left Moses Gate through the main entrance and turned right down Hall Lane, before heading towards a nearby caravan site.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called just before 4.40pm on May 31 to reports of an assault on Hall Lane in Farnworth. No arrests have yet been made.”

Anyone with information should call 0161 8565699 and quote reference number 1589 of 31/05/19.