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IPCC investigation after 10-year-old boy bitten by Cleveland Police dog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an appeal for any witnesses to come forward after a 10-year-old boy was bitten by a Cleveland Police dog on Teesside.

Fletcher Porritt was injured as a police dog handler attended another incident (in which Fletcher was not involved) near to Farleigh Close in Billingham, just after 8pm on Thursday 3 March 2016.

The matter was referred to the IPCC by Cleveland Police.

An independent investigation is now underway.

“I am aware of the injuries to Fletcher and I wish him a speedy recovery.

“The IPCC investigation is now underway but I urge anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the IPCC as soon as possible.

“It is vital that we collate all the relevant information available to us to ensure a thorough investigation can take place.”

– IPCC Commissioner, Carl Gumsley


"I saw a spaniel find some drugs and it was very playful"

Pupils at Middleton St George Primary School have been treated to a very special visit from police dogs serving with the Durham police force.

The dogs were showing the children what a day in the life of a police dog was like.

The visit was also designed to educate the children about the dangers of crime and the importance of preventing it.

Schoolchildren have a visit from very special guests

The dogs have been showing the children what they do as part of Durham's police force Credit: ITV

Children at a school in Darlington have welcomed some special guests today as nine police dogs were brought into Middleton St George Primary.

The dogs performed demonstrations to show how they sniff out drugs and catch criminals.

The school visit is part of a project by Durham Police to teach children about the dangers of drugs.