POLICE appeal for witnesses as a woman is left with serious wounds after being bitten by a dog.

A 50-year-old woman was getting out of the car after the occupants came across a dog on Ongar Road in Chigwell. 

The woman sustained serious wounds to her arm and leg. 

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We are appealing for witnesses and footage of an incident in which a woman was bitten by a dog.

"Just after midnight on Wednesday, March 8, a car was forced to stop on Ongar Road after the occupants came across a dog in the road.

"After the woman passenger, 50s got out of the car, she was bitten by the dog and sustained serious wounds to her arm and leg.

"If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam, or other footage concerning this incident, please get in touch with us.

"Please quote crime reference 42/41398/23 when providing any information to ensure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible."

PC Jack Witney added: "I’d like any witnesses to come forward and help our investigation.

"We understand that the incident may have been recorded by a member of the public in a dark-coloured security van."