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Police apology over dog attack

West Midlands Police have apologised after a police dog attacked a boy in Oldbury.

The 10-year-old suffered serious injuries and is still in hospital, four days later.

The German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross was helping officers, after reports of four men stealing copper in the Western Road area of the town.

“This poor young boy has gone through an absolutely horrendous ordeal and my thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers from his injuries.

“We apologise unreservedly for what has happened and have launched an investigation to fully understand exactly how an innocent young lad came to be bitten by a police dog in the safety of his own back garden.

“Police dogs and their handlers receive intensive training and play crucial roles in the arrest of suspects day in day out, but on the very rare occasions where things go wrong, it’s vital we understand why and learn the lessons to ensure it doesn’t happen again."

– Chief Inspector Ian Marsh

10-year-old boy seriously injured after police dog attack

A boy has suffered 'serious injuries' after being bitten by a police dog in Oldbury.

The 10-year-old is still being treated in hospital after the attack, which happened in a private garden in the town last Sunday (23 June).

West Midlands Police say the animal, a German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois cross, was on a leash at the time.

The dog and its handler entered the garden after being called out to Western Road, following reports of four men stealing copper wiring near to the train station.

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Family of week-old baby release statement following inquest

The family of an eight-day-old baby boy has released a statement following an inquest that recorded 'accidental death', after he was bitten by a pet dog in November 2012.

Harry Harper died at his grandparents' home in Telford, Shropshire.

Phil Shakesheff from West Mercia Police, read out the family statement outside Wellington Civic Centre today (April 9).

'He brought us enormous happiness' says family of baby who died following dog bite

As a family we remain absolutely devastated by Harry's death.

Although he was only with us for eight days, he had brought enormous happiness to us all and his loss is a tragedy we will carry with us forever.

We will treasure every single moment we enjoyed with him and we will never forget the joy he gave us when he arrived.

We would like to thank everyone for the kind messages we have been sent and the sympathy we have been shown, but once again we would request that we are left alone to continue to deal with our loss.

– Family statement

Eight-day-old Harry died as a result of a tragic incident – recorded at the inquest as an ‘accidental death’.

The inquest was concluded at Wellington Civic Centre today (April 9).

Death of baby bitten by dog was an 'accident'

Harry Harper died in Telford, Shropshire, last November Credit: ITV News Central

The death of a baby who was bitten by a family pet dog was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

One week old Harry Harper died at his grandparents home in Telford in November last year.

The inquest heard that the family had owned dogs for a number of years and that the dog concerned, "PJ" a Jack Russell Cross had never shown any previous aggression or violence.

Harry was bitten by 'PJ' a Jack Russell Cross Credit: ITV News Central

The mother of Harry Harper quietly sobbed as the family listened to the details of how he came to die.

The coroner ruled that Harry Harper died from severe head injuries after being attacked by the dog.

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