The figures have been released almost a week after a four-year-old boy had his face bitten by a dog.Read the full story ›
The owner of a large white dog that attacked another dog walker in Markeaton Park has been urged to contact the police.
A woman was walking her two Jack Russells on the golf club in the park when the dog attacked at 10.10am on Wednesday 27 April.
The owner of the white dog tried to control his dog, but the woman was bitten on her hand after attempting to rescue her dog.
The owner of the white dog is described as white, balding and of medium build, in his late 30s or early 40s. He wore a black tracksuit and Nike trainers.
Police are appealing for the man to come forward.
A postman in Gedling, North Nottinghamshire has described the moment he was attacked by a dog while delivering his round.
Each day, Scott Lawman delivers to around 500 houses. Today, he told ITV News Central reporter Michael Sibert about his ordeal.
The number of dogs attacking postmen has rocketed across the Midlands over the past year.Read the full story ›
The chairman of Royal Mail has urged people to keep their pets under control to help tackle the surge in the number of postal workers being attacked.
We know that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.
Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers.
We appeal to owners to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature.
It can also be simple things that help - for example just making sure the dog is kept inside when the postman calls.
The number of dogs attacking postmen has rocketed across the Midlands over the past year - with Royal Mail warning of a seasonal surge in attacks during the summer holidays.
In the East Midlands, a total of 156 attacks were reported between April 2013 and April this year - an increase of 71 per cent on the year before.
And in the West Midlands, the number of attacks rose 27 per cent - up to 173 - in the same time period.
Both regions dwarfed the national average increase of just eight per cent.
Royal Mail has now launched Dog Awareness Week, starting today, in the hope of increasing understanding of the problem of dog attacks on postal workers as well as members of the public.
Bosses say the number of attacks tends to peak during the summer school holidays.
Police are searching for a man or woman possibly suffering from a dog bite who may hold vital clues to a Wolverhampton assault.
The assault, on a 45-year-old woman, happened along Green Lane in Aldersley last Sunday 8th December between 11.45pm and 1am.
It is believed that during the attack the woman's Staffordshire bull terrier may have bitten either the attacker or a passer-by who may be a witness.
Her attacker was described as black, 32 to 35 years, 6ft 2ins tall and wearing a dark-coloured deer hunter hat with ear flaps and black Nike trainers.
A 10-year-old boy who was attacked by a police dog in Sandwell has undergone two operations to clean up and treat his wounds.Read the full story ›
The father of a boy seriously injured after being attacked by a police dog has told ITV News Central he is 'disgusted'.
The 10-year-old was attacked in Oldbury on Sunday (23 June).
Officers were using the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross, to search for four men wh had stolen copper wiring.
The attack happened in a private back garden.
The boy's father has said he is shocked by the incident and is going to be speaking to West Midlands Police tomorrow.
West Midlands Police have apologised after a police dog attacked a boy in Oldbury.
The 10-year-old suffered serious injuries and is still in hospital, four days later.
The German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross was helping officers, after reports of four men stealing copper in the Western Road area of the town.
“This poor young boy has gone through an absolutely horrendous ordeal and my thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers from his injuries.
“We apologise unreservedly for what has happened and have launched an investigation to fully understand exactly how an innocent young lad came to be bitten by a police dog in the safety of his own back garden.
“Police dogs and their handlers receive intensive training and play crucial roles in the arrest of suspects day in day out, but on the very rare occasions where things go wrong, it’s vital we understand why and learn the lessons to ensure it doesn’t happen again."