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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Dog saves teenager from attacker
A teeanger walking her dog has been saved from a serious assault after it bit her attacker on the leg.

The 17-year-old was approached by a man in a white van who tried to speak to her as she walked along Lower River Road, in Dover, Kent, on Monday.

She ignored the man, who was described as white and in his mid-20s with a goatee beard and an eyebrow piercing, but he drove on and parked.

He then attacked her from behind but her dog bit the man and she broke free.

Police said her attacker made off during the incident, which happened at about 1800 BST.

The offender was described as 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, and of stocky build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, and drove a small white van.

Officers have stepped up patrols in the area to reassure residents but women are being urged to be vigilant when walking on their own.

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