Elderly woman bitten by police dog dies in hospital

Berwick Hills

A 73-year-old woman who was bitten by a police dog has died.

Irene Collins was injured by the dog when she gave police access to her home on Berwick Hills during a chase.

Cleveland Police have said: "We are deeply saddened to receive the news that Irene Collins of Berwick Hills, who was injured following contact inside her home with a Cleveland Police operational police dog last Wednesday, has passed away in James Cook University Hospital over the weekend."

A police handler was in tears after seeing his dog bite the pensioner.

Assistant Chief Constable Sean White of Cleveland Police said: “Our thoughts are with family members, relatives and friends who will be distraught at this sad news.

"Members of Cleveland Police share the grief that is felt and we all wish to express our sincerest condolences to the family.

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been updated and will make a decision on how the incident should be investigated.

“The police dog involved has been withdrawn from operational policing activities and support is being provided to the police officer who was handling the dog at the time of the event.

“We are committed to learning any lessons that may arise from the investigation and the daily use of police dogs remains operationally important in reducing crime and disorder and protecting the public. Our dogs are trained and licensed for use in accordance with national police guidance.”