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Man charged after dog attack

Sussex Police attended Hastings at about 8.55pm yesterday after reports that two dogs had attacked several people. Photo: Sussex Police

Two men have been arrested following a dog attack that left eight people needing hospital treatment.

Sussex Police attended Marline Road in Hastings, East Sussex, at about 8.55pm yesterday after reports that two dogs had escaped into the street and several people were injured.

When officers arrived, one of the dogs had already been detained by members of the public in a dog crate, a police spokesman said.

The second dog was contained by a dog unit in a garden, helped by other police officers at the scene, allowing the South East Coast Ambulance Service to treat those who had been injured.

Police believe that three people received serious bites and scratches to their bodies but their injuries are not life-threatening, the spokesman said.

Five others received hospital treatment for minor injuries and all those hurt during the attack were aged between 20 and 50.

The spokesman said he could not confirm the breed of either dog but they are both in police custody.

ITV Meridian has spoken to Robert Glisson who says he had to put his body between the dogs and an elderly lady to stop them attacking her:

A 22-year-old man from Hastings was arrested at the scene on suspicion of allowing dogs to be dangerously out of control and is in police custody. A second man was arrested this morning.

Inspector Sarah Godley, from the East Sussex neighbourhood response team, said: "This was an incredibly distressing incident for everyone involved and quick work from members of the public and officers at the scene meant that the incident was quickly brought under control.

"Firearms officers were deployed to the incident but they were stood down when it became clear that the unarmed officers were able to get the dogs under control safely.

"We are now trying to establish exactly what has happened tonight and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.

"Officers will remain in the area tonight and tomorrow and I would encourage anyone with information or concerns to speak to them."

Anyone with information should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1537 of July 23, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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