When I posted yesterday on the subject of dangerous dogs, I didn’t know that just a short time before there had been a serious incident in which a police officer had been attacked in South London.
The subsequent Metropolitan Police statement was as follows:
“Shortly before 12.00 noon on Tuesday 23 February, a 57 year old male police officer, was attacked and bitten by two pit-bull dogs in the back garden of a residential property in Sladedale Road SE18.
Officers were attending the address to arrest the occupant for non-payment of a £1500 fine.
One PC placed himself in the garden of the neighbouring property in case the suspect tried to make off from his address.
This officer was attacked as the dogs subsequently jumped from the suspect’s garden over the fence to reach him.
A specialist dog section was called to subdue the dogs but due to their violent behaviour armed officers were called to the scene and the dogs were destroyed.
The injured officer was taken to a south London hospital suffering from approx 15 bites to his chest, face and arms. He has now been discharged but remains placed sick at present.
A 55-year-old man was arrested for non-payment of the £1500 fine, and was also arrested under the Dangerous Dog Act and on suspicion of assault on a police officer. He is currently in custody at a south London Police station.
He was also arrested on suspicion of assault GBH in relation to an incident in 2008 where a woman was attacked by two large brown pit-bull type dogs on Roydene Road SE18.
She sustained significant injuries to her body from the attack.
DI Bruce Galbraith, from Greenwich CID said: “This was an extremely distressing experience for this officer who was violently attacked by these dogs. We would like to ask the public to come forward and let us know if there have been any other incidents with these dogs or any information that may assist us with our investigation.”"
I understand that a man has been charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act and will appear in Court tomorrow.
A timely reminder that the concerns expressed by MPA members were absolutely right.
But an even more salutary reminder of the risks faced by police officers every day.