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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.

A town turns out for Tilly

Tilly and her mother Sarah Lockey Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A music and beer festival is being held this weekend to raise money for a 6 year old girl who lost both her hands to meningitis.Tilly Lockey from Tow Law in County Durham is guest of honour at TillyFest 2012.

The event organisers are hoping the three day festival will raise thousands of pounds to pay for new prosthetic hands to help Tilly as she grows up.