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Windows smashed at Blyth hairdressers

Police have launched an investigation after shop windows were smashed in two separate incidents at a hairdressers in Blyth.

Two men threw stones and smashed the windows of Cutter's hairdressers on Wright Street, between 8:40pm and 8:50pm on June 9.

A brick was then thrown through another window at the shop at 6:50pm on June 10.

The offenders ran off on both occasions.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to Northumbria Police on 101.


Woman denies responsibility for dog that attacked 12 children in Blyth

A woman has denied being responsible for a dog that attacked 12 children in a park.

A park in Blyth where a dog attacked children. Credit: John Tuttiett

A brown coloured Stafforshire bull terrier was allegedly let loose in the popular play area at Burns Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, last month and left a number ofchildren injured and in need of hospital treatment.

Claire Neal, 37, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court accused of being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control in a public place.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge and will be tried by a jury next February.

The case is expected to last around four days.

Mr Recorder Ben Nolan QC granted Neal bail in the meantime.

As part of her bail conditions she must live at an address in South Tyneside. She must not enter Blyth, contact prosecution witnesses or have control of a dog.

Woman charged after 11 children injured in dog attack

A woman was charged on Friday after 11 children were bitten by a dog in a park.

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Claire Neale, 37, of Blyth, was charged and remanded in police custody after the attack by a Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog on Wednesday evening.

Nine children were left requiring hospital treatment following the incident in Burns Avenue.

Neale is due to appear before South East Northumberland Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.

Two people assisting police with their enquiries have been released on bail.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northern Area Command, said: "Investigations into this incident are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information to contact the police.

"We will continue to have extra neighbourhood officers in the area speaking to those involved and offering reassurance to local residents who have any concerns".


Two more arrested in connection with dog attack

Police have arrested a further two people in connection with a dog attack in Blyth.

A 34-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control.

A 37-year-old woman who was arrested on Thursday 19th has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northern Area Command, said:

Thankfully these incidents are extremely rare but we recognise that this has been a traumatic incident for those involved, their families and for the wider community.

The dog remains in a secured kennels at this time. Blyth's local neighbourhood officers continue to speak to those involved and reassure local residents who have any concerns.

– Superintendent Mick Paterson

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information to help should contact police on 101 quoting reference 0945 18/05/16.

Kennel Club 'saddened' after Blyth dog attack

The Kennel Club has expressed 'sadness' after 11 children were attacked by a dog in Blyth.

Several children had to be taken hospital with bite wounds after being attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in a park next to Burns Avenue last night.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:

The Kennel Club is saddened to hear about the recent incident. Whilst we do not know the circumstances regarding the incident our advice to dog owners is to always ensure that children and dogs are supervised when together and that dogs are kept under proper control at all times.

Whilst media coverage tends to focus on the breed of the dog involved, we would stress that this is largely irrelevant and that far more important is the way that any dog is reared, socialised and trained. Any dog breed can be a wonderful pet or potentially dangerous in the wrong hands, which is why it is critical to have the correct training and socialisation.

– Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club

Dog attack: Dad tried to save kids by piling them on climbing frame

A dad has spoken of how he picked up terrified children and put on them on top of a climbing frame to save them from the out of control dog.

Neil Wilkinson, of Shelley Crescent, Blyth, was horrified when his six-year-old son Kayden was bitten by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who tore through the park last night.

The 43-year-old tried to save as many children as he could, by picking them up and putting them on the top of a climbing frame out of reach.

Around 35 children were in the park on Burns Avenue in Blyth, Northumberland, between the ages of five and 14 yesterday evening.

A 37 year-old woman has since been arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control.

Neil said:

I heard all of the children screaming and I went to see what was going on.

It was horrific, the noise was high pitched and the look of terror on the children's faces was just awful.

Kayden was one of the last children to be bitten because he got off of the climbing frame and wanted to help, but he got bitten on the elbow.

The worst one was a little girl who was bitten on the face, arm, leg and elbow - she is having an operation today.

– Neil Wilkinson

Neil's wife Deborah, 43, added:

Two men restrained the dog until the police arrived.

They used my cardigan to tie around its mouth to stop it from biting anyone else and a neighbour brought out a leash.

The scene was awful like a horror film.

My daughter Kimberley, seven, was there at the time, and although she wasn't bitten it has affected her really badly.

– Neil's wife Deborah

Kayden was given a course of antibiotics to help with his pain and was allowed to go home last night.

6 year-old Kayden said:

It bit me and it really hurt. I was really really scared.

– Kayden

Police remain in the area to reassure the local community and carry out enquiries to locate the animal's owner. The dog is currently at secure kennels while officers carry out their investigation.

37 year-old woman arrested after dog attacked children

Police have arrested a 37 year-old woman on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control.

A number of children were taken to hospital with bite wounds after being attacked by a dog in Blyth yesterday evening. Police and paramedics were called to a park next to Burns Avenue at 6.30pm.

Eleven children were treated for puncture wounds. Three of the children were kept in hospital overnight.

The dog is believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier and remains in secure police kennels.

Extra officers are in the area speaking with people and offering reassurance.

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