A dog walker is warning others to avoid a Hunstanton track after what she claims was a “horrendous” altercation.
Becci Terrey says she was verbally abused by a contract worker while walking her three Labradors along a country track off Downs Road, Hunstanton, on Friday afternoon.
Miss Terrey, 30, who acts as a beater and picker for shoots on other estates in the area, accepts that she had trespassed on to private land – albeit unwittingly – but says the worker’s behaviour was still “outrageous” for a woman out walking on her own.
Police had issued a community resolution under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which is a form of apology, to a man following the incident. Miss Terrey said: “It was horrendous. It was totally outrageous behaviour.”
Miss Terrey was walking her dogs Dudley, Daisy and Deliah at around noon on Friday along the track.
She says the worker approached her and began swearing.
After being told that she was on private property, Miss Terrey said she put her dogs on the lead and was leaving.
But Miss Terrey says that inappropriate driving then caused Dudley to bolt and that the worker then took her dog.
She said: “I was screaming and running after him.
“Dudley is like an Andrex puppy. He must have been crying like a baby. He is a lovely boy.
“All three of my dogs are used on other estates for picking.”
Miss Terrey contacted the police and was later reunited with her dog.
She said that she was not aware of any signs which stated that the land was private and closed to the general public.
She said she apologised if she missed them, but feels it should be made much clearer that this is private land and should not be walked upon.
She said: “I want to warn others about this.”
The Lynn News has contacted the land owners, and the contractor to ask about the allegations.
Neither wished to make a comment.
Norfolk police confirmed that they were called at 11.55am on Friday following reports of an altercation in Downs Road.
The statement from Norfolk police said: “The incident appears to be a dispute over trespassing on private land.
“The matter was resolved by way of a community resolution under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and words of advice were given.”