73-year-old woman injured after 'contact with police dog'

Cleveland Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a 73-year-old woman needed hospital treatment following 'contact with a police dog' in Middlesbrough. Officers were looking for a crime suspect and were searching the woman's garden, with her consent, at the time of the incident on Penrith Road. The woman received first aid from police officers on July 16 and was then taken to James Cook University Hospital.

“Our main concern at present is for the welfare of the lady and her family, we deeply regret what has happened and we wish her a full recovery from her injuries. “The dog has been removed from operational duties whilst an investigation takes place and the matter has been referred to the IPCC.”

– Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White