UPDATED: Several people injured after dog attack on estate

Police attend the scene after reports of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacking people on an estate in Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Police attend the scene after reports of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacking people on an estate in Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Several children have been injured after a dog attack on a housing estate.

A number of youngsters were left needing treatment after a Staffordshire Bull Terrier started attacking people near Shelley Crescent, in Blyth.

Five ambulances and a number of police cars raced to the scene at 6.30pm today (Wednesday).

Witnesses at the scene said the tan coloured dog started attacking children in a play area before going for others who tried to intervene.

The dog was eventually captured and tied up to fencing around the play park.

Shocked residents came out to help the injured and provide blankets.

An emergency triage station was set up by paramedics to deal with the injuries at the scene before the injured people were taken to hospital.

The dog was later taken away by police officers.

A police spokesperson said: “At around 6.30pm this evening police received reports of a dog that had bitten a number of children in the park next to Burns Avenue in Blyth.

“Emergency services attended and police were able to bring the animal under control.

“A number of children were taken to hospital with bite wounds by paramedics but none of the injuries are thought to be serious.

“Police remain in the area to reassure the local community and carry out enquiries to locate the animal’s owner. The dog is currently at secure kennels while officers carry out their investigation.”