Woman assaulted while out walking near Ambleside fights attacker with walking pole

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A 65-year-old woman fought off an attacker with her walking pole after she was assaulted during a walk near Ambleside.

The walker, who was near to Wansfell Pike yesterday at around 4pm, was grabbed by an unknown man in his early 30s.

He was also described as having dark bushy hair and a sparse beard.

But the woman cut the man’s right eyebrow as she fought him off with her pole, leaving him to make off towards the Ambleside area.

Anyone with information should contact PC Kate Edkins at Ulverston Police Station on non-emergency 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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11:07am Mon 4 Feb 13

loughrigg says...

Why are Ulverston police investigating this when it happened in Ambleside? Do we not have police left in the Lake District anymore?
Why are Ulverston police investigating this when it happened in Ambleside? Do we not have police left in the Lake District anymore? loughrigg
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6:43pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

The Ambleside police station was sold in an auction last year. Perhaps all the police work from a base in Ulverston now.
The Ambleside police station was sold in an auction last year. Perhaps all the police work from a base in Ulverston now. Milkbutnosugarplease
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6:51am Tue 5 Feb 13

Moonbase says...

Passed there yesterday morning and there was a police van outside.
I think they just leave them there for you to think there are police about.
A bit like Windermere police station loads of vehicles but not a bobby to be seen.Lol
Passed there yesterday morning and there was a police van outside. I think they just leave them there for you to think there are police about. A bit like Windermere police station loads of vehicles but not a bobby to be seen.Lol Moonbase
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9:22am Tue 5 Feb 13

loughrigg says...

Never had to use them but the day I find a burglar in my house, I'd like the police here quickly and certainly not a 45 min drive away in Ulverston.
If we had police based in Ambleside - Windermere they probably would have caught the man in this story by the time he had made his way down from Wansfell rather than giving him a 45 min head start.
Never had to use them but the day I find a burglar in my house, I'd like the police here quickly and certainly not a 45 min drive away in Ulverston. If we had police based in Ambleside - Windermere they probably would have caught the man in this story by the time he had made his way down from Wansfell rather than giving him a 45 min head start. loughrigg
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7:40am Wed 6 Feb 13

furthersouth says...

Health and Safety wouldn't allow the Police anywhere near Wansfell as it has grass and rocks. Only allowed on the tarmac on Stock Ghyll Lane. It's not "Heartbeat" you know!
Health and Safety wouldn't allow the Police anywhere near Wansfell as it has grass and rocks. Only allowed on the tarmac on Stock Ghyll Lane. It's not "Heartbeat" you know! furthersouth
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12:30pm Thu 7 Feb 13

BillyBob86 says...

Personally I know there are police stationed at Windermere. However, only a few, which more than likely are out of the station 99% of their shift, and therefore people are being asked to contact Ulverston where the station is manned and has people to answer the none emergency calls.
Personally I know there are police stationed at Windermere. However, only a few, which more than likely are out of the station 99% of their shift, and therefore people are being asked to contact Ulverston where the station is manned and has people to answer the none emergency calls. BillyBob86
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11:44am Fri 8 Feb 13

davidearnshaw says...

This seems to have developed into a debate about Police availability ----- ok that's is very important --- but I am a bit puzzled why this is not apparently receiving more publicity as to how, why -- exactly where -- and is it likely to happen again --- was it a "targeted attack" -- seems strange a few blows around the head / body with walking poles should have driven him off ----- perhaps the locals could be informed as to a need to watch out for a possible recurrence etc. if indeed there is a need as many l;ocals do enjoy lone walking.
This seems to have developed into a debate about Police availability ----- ok that's is very important --- but I am a bit puzzled why this is not apparently receiving more publicity as to how, why -- exactly where -- and is it likely to happen again --- was it a "targeted attack" -- seems strange a few blows around the head / body with walking poles should have driven him off ----- perhaps the locals could be informed as to a need to watch out for a possible recurrence etc. if indeed there is a need as many l;ocals do enjoy lone walking. davidearnshaw
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12:46pm Fri 8 Feb 13

angela123 says...

Presumably this was an opportunist attack on someone who appeared an easy target by virtue of age and gender. When she fought back it appears he soon gave up. Perhaps I should take my walking poles with me when I go out.
Presumably this was an opportunist attack on someone who appeared an easy target by virtue of age and gender. When she fought back it appears he soon gave up. Perhaps I should take my walking poles with me when I go out. angela123
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