Dog bite boy - two arrested

Adelphi Street, Standish - the scene of a dog attack, where a four-year-old is in hospital
Adelphi Street, Standish - the scene of a dog attack, where a four-year-old is in hospital
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TWO people have been arrested after a young boy suffered a fractured skull when he was bitten by a dog.

Police and paramedics were called to Adelphi Street in Standish, Wigan, at around 4pm yesterday (Monday) and discovered the four-year-old had received a serious head injury following the bite from an American Bulldog.

Clearly this is an issue we are taking extremely seriously and we are carrying out a full investigation to establish exactly what happened

Detective Sergeant Pete Carletti

The boy was taken to Manchester Children’s hospital, where he remains. His condition is described as being serious but stable.

The dog has been seized and enquiries are ongoing.

This morning, a 45-year-old woman and 45-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possessing a dog dangerously out of control. Both have been taken into police custody.

Detective Sergeant Pete Carletti from GMP’s Wigan division said: “A young boy has been seriously injured and is undergoing surgery after being bitten by a dog last night in Wigan.

“Clearly this is an issue we are taking extremely seriously and we are carrying out a full investigation to establish exactly what happened here at this address. The dog was seized immediately last night by petmedics and as part of our enquiries we have today arrested two people who will later be questioned by officers.

“I would appeal for anyone who has information that they think may help us with our enquiries to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.