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Five-year-old in hospital after dog attack in Dagenham

Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening Credit: PA

A five-year-old girl is in hospital after being injured in a dog attack in Dagenham.

Police were called to Burnside Road just after 11.30am this morning after reports that the five-year-old was bitten on the arm.

The child has been taken to hospital for an assessment. An update on her injuries is not yet known but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 34-year-old woman, believed to be the owner of the dog has been arrested on suspicion of offences relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act and child neglect.

She remains in custody at an east London police station.



Met confirm force failed to pick up intelligence on the dog

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 launch investigation

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."

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