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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".

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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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Eleven children injured after dog attack in Blyth

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.

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

Northumbria Police have confirmed that eleven children were attacked by the dog which is believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Police brought the animal under control and it is currently being held at secure kennels while they work to establish the owner of the dog.

Several children taken to hospital after dog attack in Blyth

A number of children have been taken to hospital with bite wounds after being attacked by a dog in Blyth.

Children were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital Credit: John Tuttiett

Police and paramedics were called to a park next to Burns Avenue at 6.30pm this evening. A number of children were taken to hospital by paramedics but none of the injuries are thought to be serious.

Credit: John Tuttiett

Police brought the animal under control and it is being held at secure kennels whilst its owner is located.

Credit: John Tuttiett

Police on scene at two road incidents in Blyth

There has been a heavy police presence in Blyth this morning after two separate incidents on the roads.

At 6.48am police received a report that a cyclist had been found lying on the ground after collapsing on Plessey Road in Blyth.

It is not clear whether he had been hit by another vehicle, but police and paramedics are currently at the scene.

Two minutes later police also received a report that a blue Fiat Punto had collided with a lamppost outside Asda on Cowpen Road in the town.

The occupants then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Police remain at the scene of both incidents and some road closures are in place

Any witnesses to either of the two incidents should contact police on 101 quoting reference 257 14/05/16.

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