Woman charged over dog attack that left 11 children injured

Paramedics treat the injured after dog attack in Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Paramedics treat the injured after dog attack in Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett.

A woman has been charged after a dog injured several children in a play park.

Claire Neal, 37, of Chasedale Crescent, Blyth, has been charged and remanded in police custody.

She is due to appear before South East Northumberland Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday).

Two people assisting police with their enquiries have been released on bail.

Up to 11 children were bitten when a dangerously out of control dog, a tan-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier, got into a play area in Burns Avenue, Blyth, at 6.30pm on Wednesday.

Three of the children were kept in hospital overnight for treatment.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northern Area Command, said: “Investigations into this incident are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information to contact the police.

“We will continue to have extra neighbourhood officers in the area speaking to those involved and offering reassurance to local residents who have any concerns.”