Police are appealing for witnesses after a 52-year-old woman was assaulted in the Thurcroft area of Rotherham yesterday (Monday 20th April).
At around 11am, the woman was walking her dog along the Mineral Line pathway near to the former pit site in Thurcroft.
The woman is reported to have reached the bridge that crosses over Steadfolds Lane and turned around to walk back along the path, when an unknown man approached her from behind.
The man is alleged to have assaulted the woman, who felt two blows to her back. The woman managed to kick out at the suspect, pulling him to the ground.
The man is then believed to have run away in the direction of the bridge.
The woman was taken to hospital to receive treatment for her injuries, which were discovered to be stab wounds that are not thought to be life-threatening.
The man is described as being around 5ft 11ins tall, in his late 20s to early 30s, of skinny build with a scruffy appearance.
He is described as being olive-skinned with short dark brown hair and stubble.
He is reported to have been wearing a light blue football shirt with a white band or motif across the chest, with grey scruffy jogging pants, white socks and black trainers. He is reported to have smelled of smoke.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Additional police patrols are in place in the area and the investigation are ongoing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who was in the area between 10.30am and 11.30am yesterday morning, is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 321 of 20 April 2015.
Alternatively, you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.