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Woman, 73, bitten by police dog 'very poorly' in hospital

A 73-year-old woman has been bitten by a German Shepherd police dog that was searching her garden for a suspect. The pensioner is said to be "very poorly" in hospital after she suffered a number of bites to her body in the attack at 9.30pm yesterday at her home in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough.

Police outside of woman's home in Middlesbrough.
Police outside of woman's home in Middlesbrough. Credit: ITV News

Neighbour Ray Wood, 67, said: "There needs to be an inquiry into what happened here, it is horrifying. I'm really concerned that Irene may not come back out of hospital after something like this. She was already very frail and ill." Officers had been given consent to carry out the search when she was injured, Cleveland Police said.

Car crashes into family home

A stolen Land Rover Freelander crashed through the window of a family home in Middlesborough, hurling a nine-year-old child across the room.

The red four-by-four vehicle smashed through the front of the semi-detached house, throwing the child from the sofa to the floor. The youngster was uninjured but treated for shock at the scene.

Substantial damage was caused to the property during the incident in the Netherfields area of the town last night.

Police said the car had been reported as stolen and that two men were seen running from the scene after the crash.

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