Update – Justin Watson has posted on Twitter, today 18 July 19, that a man has been arrested in connection with Joy’s assault which is great news.

Original article

Joy Watson, a person living with Dementia and an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society was brutally attacked on Sunday morning around 10am in a layby near Bracey Bridge on the A164 in East Yorkshire.

Joy had witnessed a man mistreating an Alsatian dog and had challenged the couple about what was happening.

Joy told the M.E.N.: “It was Sunday morning. I was driving to Bridlington to support friends who were doing the coast to coast cycle ride for charity.

I pulled into a lay-by, just outside Driffield. I had my breakfast from a roadside cafe. I took my dog for a walk and then returned and put him in my camper van.

I then saw this lady and gentleman. The man had a huge Alsatian. He  was having trouble with it as he was pulling and tugging. The man then started kicking it. I asked the lady if she knew him. She said she was his wife. I told her that if he did not stop attacking the dog I would report him.

She kicked off with me and the man put the dog in the back of their car.

The dog was loose in he car and I said to them ‘don’t you have a restraint for the dog, it is the law, to stop it getting out of control in car’.

His wife told me to go away. I didn’t have a jacket on, so my dementia badge would have been clear to them both.

He then thumped me, not a push.  I think he saw my badge and must have considered me to be a soft touch. I went down and hit my head on the concrete ground. My nose was gushing with blood.

The couple got back in the car, and drove around me, not knowing if I was dead or alive.”

Humberside Police confirmed they were investigating a report of an alleged assault which was reported at 10.32am on Sunday July 7th.

It is being treated as a section 47 actual bodily harm assault.

A police spokesman said: “We’re investigating after an alleged assault on a woman in a layby near Bracey Bridge on the A164 in East Yorkshire.

They drove off towards Bridlington in a black or blue coloured car, possibly a Hyundai, partial registration YG67.”

Joy was left with a bloody nose and a fracture to her eye socket.

The man was in his 60s and wearing fawn and brown coloured clothing.

Did you witness anything?

Can you help with this appeal?

Please call 101 and quote reference 16/78234/19.”