Police are searching for an attacker who smashed a dog in the head with a hammer, and defaced the van of a children’s entertainer with a homophobic slur.

Guernsey police are investigating after 25-year-old children’s entertainer Jenny Harding, went to feed her six-year-old dog Alice yesterday, to find that her eye was bulging.

The Guernsey Press reports that a bloody flat-headed hammer was found nearby. A vet has confirmed that the dog’s eye will have to be removed.

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The words “Die filthy queer” were painted onto the back of her polka-dot van, which she uses for her Punch and Judy shows.

“I just feel sad that this has happened,” she said yesterday. “It is a scary thing to happen in this day and age,” she went on.

Ms Harding is trained as a clown, a trick rider, Punch and Judy puppeteer, high-wire and fire acts.