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.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:
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.