Wednesday 8 October 2008

"Mr de Menezes FluffySnookums was a victim of terrible and extraordinary circumstances that day and afterwards. "

Officers said that the dog was “out of control” and "on the rampage" after it escaped through a hole in a garden fence from a large home in Mitcham, south London. The owner of the dog, a 29-year-old woman, has been arrested.

The terrier escaped around South Lodge Avenue and immediately bit a young child’s leg at around 11.20am.

Two minutes later the bus driver was attacked.

At 11.30 police were called by a 50-year-old woman who was another victim and shortly afterwards a fourth person was taken to hospital with facial injuries.

Scores of officers in two London boroughs, dog handlers and a police helicopter were scrambled but could not find the dog for another two hours.
Mindful of the recent bad publicity stemming from the De Menezes inquest, police were quick to issue a mugshot of the dog to their firearms officers:

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