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Police officer recovering after dog attack

A Durham Police officer is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a dog while on duty. PC Helen Pearson was working in Tow Law on August 26 when she was attacked by a Japanese Akita dog.

PC Pearson suffered injuries to both arms and her left hip after the dog escaped from a garden.

A woman, who was driving along the A68, stopped to give first aid. The officer was then taken to University Hospital North Durham for emergency surgery.

The dog has been seized by police and could be put down. It's owners have been interviewed in relation to the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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