Three Metropolitan Police officers remain in hospital after being savagely attacked by a pitbull. Yesterday musician Symieon Robinson Pierre appeared in court charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act, after five officers were mauled during a raid on Thursday morning.
Symieon Robinson Pierre was remanded into custody after being charged with allowing his dog to attack five police officers in Newham yesterday. He appeared at Thames Magistrates Court. The prosecutor said two of the officers will need skin grafts and plastic surgery.
Police have charged a man after five police officers were injured by a dog in Newham yesterday. 25 year-old Pierre Robinson from Albert Square in Newham faces two charges against the Dangerous Dog Act. He is also charged with committing offences of grievous bodily harm and kidnapping on March 14th.
A dog which attacked five police officers in Stratford is believed to have been responsible for another attack on a passer-by last year.
The officers were set upon in Albert Square yesterday morning.
One man has been arrested.
A Met Police spokesman said tonight that the force failed to pick up intelligence that the dog had been involved in a previous attack in April 2011 before officers visited the address.
Commander Stephen Watson said:
"This allegation was not picked up in the intelligence assessment prior to today's operation, and this now forms part of my review of today's events."
The 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act remains in police custody.
Newham Council said it launched an investigation after receiving a complaint that a dog had previously bitten a cyclist in Albert Square on April 28 last year.
Animal welfare officers visited the property on May 6, but there was no response and the matter was discussed with the police in June with no further action taken.
A council spokesman said: "As this is now subject to a criminal investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."
Marcus Powell explains how a dog left five police officers in hospital.
Marcus Powell spoke to a local resident who saw a police officer being attacked by the dog in East London.
Commander Stephen Watson explains what happened to the police officers who were attacked by a dog. He says three of them will require surgery.