Saturday, May 21, 2016


Police: 11 children were involved in the attack, with nine taken to hospital with bite wounds after the dog ran amok in the Burns Avenue area of Blyth, Northumberland

A woman has been charged after a STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER  ran wild and attacked 11 children in a park.

Claire Neale, 37, from Blyth, was arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control after the animal threw children around 'like rag dolls'. 

Fathers ran to help when children started to scream as they were attacked by the dog in a park on Burns Avenue, Blyth, on Wednesday evening.

The attack left nine children needing hospital treatment, including a 10-year-old girl who needed emergency surgery on her leg.

Ms Neale will appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.  Two other people helping police with their inquiries have been released on bail. 
Superintendent Mick Paterson of Northumbria Police Northern Area Command said: 'Investigations into this incident are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information to contact the police.

'We will continue to have extra neighbourhood officers in the area speaking to those involved and offering reassurance to local residents who have any concerns.' 

Schoolchildren have spoken out about the terrifying moment they watched desperate parents drag the out-of-control dog off their friends.

Among them was Brooke Nesbitt, who was playing in a park when the tan-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier entered the area.

The 11-year-old saw the dog milling about the park before it launched its attack.
She said: 'The dog was playing for a little while and then it started going very vicious. We didn't know what was happening.

'I was playing on the diamond when I saw the dog attacking my friend and then a few adults came in and were trying to get the dog off her.

'My friend has got loads of bites all over her, 12 bites all together. The first girl to be bitten is only seven and she has nine bites. The dog was chucking her around like a rag doll.' 

The terrier was caught and taken to secure kennels after the attack, while police began the hunt for its owner.

Fiona Richards, 33, who lives opposite the park, said her husband Brett helped restrain the dog after her daughter had run into the house screaming she had been bitten.

'We were indoors and she came screaming through the door saying that she had been bitten,' she said.

'She said the dog was still biting people, so we told her to stay at the door and we ran over.

'My husband went straight in and there was already a dad in there trying to lift the kids out of harm's way.

'The dog was running around super-fast biting every kid in there, I saw it grab a little one by the shoulder.

'It was bedlam, they were all screaming and there were loads of kids as it's a new park.'

Eventually her husband helped back the dog into a corner and they used their own dog lead to tie it to the railings.

She said her daughter Isabel, 11, suffered puncture wounds to her thigh and was given antibiotics after being seen in hospital.

'It was so scary as the dog was contained within the park, so it had nowhere to go,' she said.

'One of Isabel's friends is still in hospital and is going in for surgery.'

Six children were driven to hospital in Cramlington by relatives while three were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, by the North East Ambulance Service.

None was thought to be seriously injured though three were kept in overnight.

Anyone with concerns or any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Neil Wilkinson, 43, went straight into the park and lifted children to safety over the railings as the dog was running around.

'There was about 30 kids in there and the dog just arrived from nowhere,' he said.

'I got in and started lifting them up and out of the park. As I was doing it the dog leapt up and bit my son on the arm.'

He said Kayden, six, suffered a small puncture wound which he had bandaged.

Eleven children were injured when a dog attacked them in a playground in Northumberland.
Parents described rushing from their homes to pull the animal away from the children in Blyth.
It happened on Wednesday evening and three of the victims spent the night in hospital.
A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control. The dog has been taken to police kennels.

A Staffordshire bull terrier which was seized by police after attacking children in a park in Blyth
This is the out of control dog which injured nine children in a savage park attack.
The tan-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier left the youngsters hospitalised after it is understood to have them in a play area in Blyth , Northumberland, on Wednesday night.
Pictures emerged showing the dog being seized by police, while officers worked to trace its owner.
One mum described the scene as “like a war zone” as injured children lay on the grass awaiting medical attention.
They added the dramatic scenes were “like a terrorist attack”.
Shay Taylor, 16, whose sister is in hospital with bites, said: “We heard the screaming and just thought it was kids playing, I ran over when I saw what was going on.”
Sheryl Allison added: “It was like a terrorist attack. There were injured kids lying all over the place, it was a warzone - none of mine got bitten thankfully.
“When the dog got in kids were trying to save kids, everytime they tried to help they were getting bitten. The dog was completely out of control.
“The whole street has been traumatised by this, nothing like this has ever happened before.”

Police have arrested two more people after a STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER bit 11 children at a park.
The dog attack happened on Wednesday evening near play equipment in Burns Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, leading nine children to require hospital treatment.
Desperate fathers ran to help after hearing screams and they carried children to safety before managing to restrain the dog.
Northumbria Police said a 34-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control.
A 37-year-old woman who was arrested on Thursday has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northern Area Command, said: "Thankfully these incidents are extremely rare but we recognise that this has been a traumatic incident for those involved, their families and for the wider community.
"The dog remains in a secured kennel at this time.
"Blyth's local neighbourhood officers continue to speak to those involved and reassure local residents who have any concerns."

1 comment:

Farmer Jane said...

I can hear the nutters from all the way across the ocean: "All dogs bite. The breed of dog is irrelevant because any breed of dog could have done this. The kids were probably running around and making too much noise."