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9 July 2013, 05:38
A police officer has been attacked by a dog in Gateshead.
It happened shortly after 8.41pm on Sunday, July 7th, when officers were making enquiries in Marsden Grove, Gateshead, following a report of an assault outside an address on Easington Avenue in Gateshead.
A police officer who responded to the incident was attacked by a dog and sustained a serious bite wound to her leg.
The officer is being treated at the RVI in Newcastle. Her condition is described as serious but not life threatening.
Three men aged 55, 27 and 31 and a 28-year-old woman have been arrested and are currently in custody.
A 27-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH with intent
A 31-year-old man and 28-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.
And a 55-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control/causing injury in a public place
Gateshead Commander, Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson said:
"The police officer was attacked by a Bullmastiff type dog which has been removed to kennels.
We are taking this incident very seriously and an investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances.
We know that a number of people were in the street at the time and it may be that some people have filmed the incident on their phones.
We are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about what happened to contact police.
We understand that this incident may have caused concern to local people and we have extra officers out and about in the area to support the investigation and provide reassurance to the local community."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.