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Dog bites off man’s finger in daytime attack near Devon beach

Part of the man's finger was bitten off by a dog in Croyde, North Devon (stock image of man's hand). Credit: PA

Part of a man’s finger was bitten off by a dog during a savage daytime attack in North Devon.

The 55-year-old man was walking near Jones’s Hill, Croyde, on the morning of Good Friday when the dog - described as a black and white collie-type - attacked.

According to Devon and Cornwall Police, the dog was off its lead and bit the man on the hand - causing part of his finger to come off.

The incident happened in Jones's Hill, Cryode (pictured: Croyde Beach). Credit: PA

Police later attended but the suspect, who is described as white, approximately 50-years-old and around 5ft 10ins tall, had already left the scene.

Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone with CCTV which may assist with identifying the dog owner.

Officers are investigating an incident of a dog being dangerously out of control on Jones’s Hill on Good Friday [19 April] at around 11am. A 55-year-old man was bitten by a black and white collie-type dog, which was off the lead. The owner of the dog is described as white male, approximately 50 years of age, around 5ft 10in tall, of average build and with brown, thinning hair. He was wearing a blue shirt and trousers and was in the company of two other adult males at the time of the incident. Police attended the location, however, the suspect had left the scene, leaving no details, prior to officers’ arrival.

– Devon and Cornwall Police