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Bulldogs safe after knife attack on owner

The attempted theft of two bulldogs in Basildon, left owner Martin Bolton very shaken after he was attacked with a Stanley knife while walking his dogs.

In the attack two men tried to steal the dogs but fled after three-year-old Alfie bit the leg of one of the assailants, causing him to fall to the floor. Mr Bolton suffered several cuts and broken finger during the attack and believes he would have been killed had it not been for Alfie who is normally a very quiet and placid dog. The dad-of-three, of Ingatestone, Essex, said: "He slashed at me and my older dog Alfie went mad and grabbed his leg - he fell. Alfie is the quiet one, he doesn't bark and is so placid and gentle. He has never done anything like that before, he saved me, I dread to think what would have happened if Alfie hadn't bit him. I think it was just instinct, he was protecting his owner

Mr Bolton’s assailants fled in a tatty white transit van, the knifeman is described as being white, 30 to 35-years-old, medium build, wearing a Fila tracksuit, and had on a chunky silver bracelet.
Essex Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the attack at 9:30pm on June 1st or who may have seen the men or the van to get in touch. The police have taken samples of blood for DNA analysis from Alfie’s mouth which they hope may lead to the arrest of the attacker with the knife.