No-one has yet been charged in connection with a “disgraceful” attack on a disabled girl in Lings Wood, Northampton, almost three months after it happened.
The girl, who is in a wheelchair, was with her father on Friday, October 3 at about 4pm when two men and a dog passed them by at which point the girl became upset by them passing too close and flailed her arms at them. This prompted one of the men to give a command to the dog to ‘get her’.
The dog then latched on to the young girl’s arm and would not let go until the father took action to stop it, after which the dog and the two men ran off.
Fortunately the young girl was wearing arm guards, which she needs due to her disability, and this prevented her from being injured.
Talking to the Chronicle & Echo shortly after the incident, the girl’s mother said, the two men were laughing when the dog attacked the girl.
Sector Inspector Kev Byrne, described it at the time as an “absolutely disgraceful” incident.
He said: “It is not a case of a dog being out of control, but being used as a weapon in an assault on a very vulnerable girl.”
A police spokesman said a 21-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and then released without charge.
The spokesman said: “The investigation is continuing and we would still like to speak to anyone who may have any information regarding the incident.”
Witnesses or anyone with any information can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.