Man guilty of dog attacks

The owner of two dogs that attacked ten people in Sussex has appeared before magistrates in Hastings.

21 year old Spencer Brown pleaded guilty to six charges of owning a dog that he allowed to be dangerously out of control in a public place, which caused injury.

Magistrates were told he'd been held in custody for his own safety, and will be committed to the crown court for sentencing at a later date.

Mr Brown's representative told magistrates the dogs had been kept securely and fed in his house - but somehow they got out through a window, and he is very sorry.

The dogs were a King Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with an American Bulldog - called 'Freak' and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called 'Tillie.'

The attack on Marline Road on 22 July left ten people needing hospital treatment.

Another man, aged 22, who was arrested at the scene on Sunday has been released without a charge.

Police attended Marline Road in St Leonards at around 8.55pm following a report that two dogs had escaped into the street and several people had been attacked.

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

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