72 Year Old Woman bitten by Police Dog in Middlesbrough Home during crime search

A 72 Year Old woman was bitten by a police dog the incident which occurred on Penrith Road, Middlesbrough which believed to have been linked to an to a earlier pursuit in which a car was abandoned.

Cleveland Police has confirmed to Police Hour that “an incident occurred at 9.30pm yesterday evening, whereby a 73-year-old woman received injuries from a police dog whilst the dog was searching for a crime suspect”.

Police were in the lady’s garden with her consent conducting a crime search, when she was bitten by the Police Dog.

Police administered first aid at the scene and then escorted the elderly lady to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.

Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White, said: “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.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the
non-emergency number 101.

Incidents like this are very rare, and it would seem a freak operational incident, the dogs within Cleveland Police are highly trained Our thoughts are with the lady and with Cleveland Police Dog unit at this difficult time.