The attack happened following a police pursuit of a suspect through the Wandsworth area on Friday, April 12, which was reported by the Wandsworth Times on that date.
The pursuit resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old man known as "Suspect A" on a number of offences including burglary, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and dangerous driving.
In the wake of the pursuit, the Wandsworth Times received reports that a bystander tending his nearby allotment had been attacked by a dog from a Metropolitan Police Dog Unit dispatched to search the vicinity.This seems to happen all too frequently. Didn't the police handlers once get feted as the cream of the crop?
Hopefully there'll be CCTV to prevent the police from claiming the allotment-holder threatened them with a dibber.
Responding to a request for comment, a Met Police spokesperson confirmed that a police dog from the force had attacked a resident in the area on April 12.
The Met Police spokesperson said: "After arresting Suspect A, the Met’s Police Dog Unit carried out a search of the area as part of enquiries into the investigation.
"During this search, a police dog bit a member of the public on the leg in Steerforth Street, SW18."The local reporters have the scent, and aren't going to give up:
The Met Police statement provided further details of the dog attack, highlighting how the victim was in his 80s and had been taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) with "possibly life-changing" injuries as a result of the dog's attack.The last pensioner that a police dog attacked died. The coroner went to town on them. I guess more of those 'lessons that won't actually be learned', eh?