Dog attack in Welwyn Garden City park

A MUM-OF-TWO has told of her horror at being trapped in a playground after a stray Staffordshire bull terrier went berserk, attacking a man and two dogs.

On Sunday Deborah Murray, her two boys, their friend and a neighbour’s dog went on an outing to Little Rivers park in WGC.

At around 5.15pm the brown and black Staffy chased youngsters playing in the park, before attacking a small dog and forcing families into the fenced play area – for nearly ONE hour.

Deborah, of Brookfield, WGC, said: “There were around 15 of us trapped in the playground.

“The dog was jumping up at the fence where the children were and they were scared and crying.

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“I was concerned the dog would attack them and a parent called the police.”

Half-an-hour after the drama started, the bull terrier mauled another dog in front of the terrified children.

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Deborah, 41, said: “At 5.45pm I re-called 999 as the Staffordshire dog was mauling a larger dog in front of very scared young children.

“It took two men to pull the Staffordshire dog away from the other one.”

Even though one of the men had been bitten, he continued to hold on to the vicious dog while the families managed to escape from the playground and go home.

Deborah is angry by the “lack of urgency” from police – who were called four times – as no officer attended the scene until nearly 6.30pm, when the dog had since moved on.

“Would one of the children have to be mauled to get the police to us?

“The kids were put in danger and we were very lucky no children were harmed.”

Welwyn Hatfield neighbourhood team sergeant Stephanie Morris said police could not attend straight away as officers were dealing with emergency incidents that “necessitated a more immediate response”.

“I can confirm this incident is being fully investigated and I would ask anyone who has concerns around this matter to contact me on 01707 638032.”

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