Three people taken to hospital after dog attack – man arrested

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A DOG breeder who had to have an arm amputated when two of his American bulldogs savaged him has been involved in another attack that left two people hospitalised.

Police were called to the Coniston Close area of Belmont, in Durham City, following a report of a man being attacked by dogs just after 1pm on Tuesday.

Two people have been taken to hospital for their injuries and a man has been arrested.

Durham Police say they believe a woman and man, understood to be Stephen Potts, who was mauled by his dogs last month, were walking six American bulldogs when the dogs began fighting with a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The owner of the Staffordshire bull terrier, a 63 year old man, from Belmont, was injured during the incident.

He was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham with injuries to his limbs and head. His condition is described as serious.

A woman was also injured and suffered bites to her hand.

Immediately after the attack a woman walking nearby was injured by one of the dogs.

She was also taken to North Durham hospital where she is being treated for injuries to her leg.

A 48-year-old man from Pittington has been arrested and is currently being questioned by officers at Durham City police station.

Neighbourhood Chief Inspector for Durham Andy Huddleston said: “I can confirm all dogs involved in the incident have been secured and there is no immediate danger to the public.

“The people injured have been taken to hospital where we are monitoring their progress.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

Mr Potts had to have an arm amputated in September after some of his dogs mauled him in High Pittington when people beat the frenzied pets with golf clubs, umbrellas and cricket bats to try to stop them.