Liverpool: Police cordon off Bold Street after incident
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Emma Clay, 36, claims she was walking her seven pugs when she encountered Nikki O’Donoghue, owner of Diamond Doggy Care. Ms Clay claimed she was left with a black eye, and now fears leaving her own home after being allegedly whipped in the face with a lead.
Ms Clay claims she met Mrs O’Donoghue arguing with another man at around 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 11.
She claimed she knew both people from walking their dogs in Cricketers Park near Sandown Lane, Wavertree, and went over to try to defuse the situation.
Mrs O’Donoghue is then said to have accused Ms Clay of “siding” with the man, and as the situation became heated Ms Clay began recording the encounter on her phone.
Two sequences of mobile footage, recorded by both Miss Clay and by a witness, show Mrs O’Donoghue stood by her van and then re-entering the park to confront Miss Clay.
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The Liverpool ECHO reported Mrs O’Donoghue attempted to grab the phone out of Ms Clay’s hands.
The outlet then claims Mrs O’Donoghue twirled a dog lead and whipped it into her face as Miss Clay tried to back away.
Mrs O’Donoghue then left the scene in her van.
Speaking to the ECHO, Mrs O’Donoghue claims she accepted striking Miss Clay with the lead, but claimed she “lost her temper” after being “verbally abused”.
Merseyside Police confirmed officers are investigating reports of assault, and shared they invited a woman to attend a voluntary interview.
A 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.”
Ms Clay said to the ECHO her experience “was horrible”.
She added: “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.”
The attack also left her with a black eye, and she now feels she cannot go back to the park to walk the dog.
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