Girl, five, requires surgery after dog attack

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A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl had to undergo facial surgery after she was bitten by a dog in a Hull park.

The youngster was playing with her sister in Sculcoates Lane Park, near to Fenchurch Street, at 6.30pm on October 8 when she approached a man within the park who was sat on a bench with a dog on a lead.

The dog, described as possibly a brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier, allegedly lunged forward and bit the girl on the face, Humberside Police said.

It is alleged the owner, along with a second man who was accompanying him, and the dog, then quickly left the park on foot, offering no assistance to the little girl.

The dog owner is described as tall, thin and spoke with a Polish accent, the second man is described as speaking with a local Hull accent.

The little girl was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where she underwent facial surgery and stitches for her injuries.

It is believed the dog may have been a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which is not a banned breed. Where an injury is caused by a dog it is an assumption in the eyes of the law the dog was dangerously out of control (Section 3 of the Dangerous Dog Act 1991) and will be investigated as that accordingly, police said.

Officers investigating the incident are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who believes they may have information, to come forward and contact Humberside Police on 101, quoting crime reference number DT/2143895/201.