Girl bitten by dog at Doncaster play area

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Police are hunting a dog owner after a young girl was bitten while playing in a Doncaster beauty spot.

The incident happened at the play area in Sandall Beat Woods and the six-year-old needed hospital treatment.

The girl was with her auntie and two cousins near the Ranger Station in the woods, about 2.30pm on Saturday, August 10, when a man with a brindle-coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier was also in the play area, and the dog was allegedly not on its lead.

It is believed the dog began barking at the children, and the man reportedly tried to pull the dog away by its collar. It is alleged that the dog broke free of the man’s grip and bit the girl on her left knee.

The girl, from the Intake area, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary and treated for puncture wounds to her knee.

A police spokesman said today: “Officers are keen to trace the man with the dog and have released the following description. The man is described as being white, in his late 30s, approximately 5ft 9ins tall, of average build.

“He is described as being unshaven, with short black or dark brown hair that was slicked back, wearing dark jeans, an off white short-sleeved shirt, and had a scruffy appearance. He was riding a matt black plain mountain bike.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 696 of August 10, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.