A POLICE dog bit a pensioner while officers were searching for a crime suspect.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that a 73-year-old woman suffered injuries after contact with the animal and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean White, said: “Our main concern at present is for the welfare of the lady and her family, we deeply regret what has happened and we wish her a full recovery from her injuries.
“The dog has been removed from operational duties whilst an investigation takes place and the matter has been referred to the IPCC, which is mandatory in these circumstances.”
A spokesman for the force said police were searching the woman’s garden with her consent when the incident happened.
She received first aid from police officers before going to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
The incident had occured in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough, at 9.30pm on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.