Senior officers at Cleveland Police said they “deeply regret” the incident, on Penrith Road, which led to the woman being taken to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.I’m sure that will help her bite wounds heal so much quicker…
Next-door neighbour Jack Williams, 20, saw the drama unfold: “There was a lot of police cars and loads of people running around. The police came through our back as well, and were looking over the wall into next door’s garden. It was bedlam.Maybe you should have told the dog as well?
“We saw the police dog in her front garden. We told police that she was very ill and told them to go careful.”
Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White, said he was “deeply sorry” for what had happened. He 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.Well, there’s plenty of colleagues who’ll give you advice, having been in that same ‘rare and unprecedented’ situation…
“The dog has been removed from operational duties whilst an investigation takes place and the matter has been referred to the IPCC, which is mandatory in these circumstances.”
ACC White said that the “victim has the full support of Cleveland Police” and called the incident “unusual and unprecedented - the first such incident I have had to deal with in almost 30 years of service”.
Update: The lady has since died. Will anyone be charged with manslaughter or criminal negligence?