Woman denies owning dog which attacked children in North East play park

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.
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A woman has denied being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control after 12 people were attacked in a play park.

Fathers ran to help when children were attacked by the brown-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier dog in Blyth, Northumberland.

Nine youngsters needed hospital treatment after the incident at the park in Burns Avenue.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, Claire Neale, 37, of Chasedale Crescent, Blyth, Northumberland, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Granting her bail, Judge Ben Nolan QC said the trial would take place in February.

As part of her bail he said she must now live in South Tyneside, she cannot enter Blyth and cannot own a dog.