A COUPLE were hit and spat on during an attack in Oxford city centre.

Elizabeth Waterhouse, from Otley, in West Yorkshire, was on holiday with husband Tim on Wednesday, June 22, when she was attacked in Cornmarket Street.

Mrs Waterhouse said they saw a group of people with dogs who were fighting in the street at about 6pm.

She added: “A woman then began to kick and hit at one of the dogs.

“My husband remarked it was not the dog’s fault, to which we were given a range of expletives.

“We continued to walk on when I was hit on the back of the head by the female.

“She then stood in front of me, blocking my way, in a very, very threatening manner.

“I took a step away and my husband then came between us.

“She rocked on her heels and sprayed him with her spit.”

The incident was reported to police who said they were investigating two incidents of assault.

Mrs Waterhouse added: “I think at the time we were in a state shock. It was an unprovoked attack and I felt intimidated.

“I felt I was lucky to get away.”

But she added: “You have got to rise above it and report incidents, just to make sure it does not happen to anyone else.”

Mrs Waterhouse has also reported the incident to the RSPCA because of the alleged treatment of a dog which was with the group.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.