A PENSIONER was bitten by a dog outside a newsagents.

Police said a dog bit the woman, in her 80s, outside McColl's newsagents in Railway Road, Darwen, on Saturday at around 2.45pm.

A police spokesman said: "I am looking at speaking with the owner of this dog after it has bitten an elderly lady without provocation.

"The owner has left the scene straight after the incident, even though members of the public have pleaded with him to stay.

"I am hoping that a public appeal will provide a name as early efforts have proved unsuccessful.

"Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or email 8217@lancashire.pnn.police.uk."