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Police shoot two 'dangerous' dogs in Hertfordshire

Two dogs have been shot by police marksmen in Hertfordshire.

The shootings follow reports of two Rottweilers behaving aggressively towards members of the public in the Holdbrook area of Waltham Cross.

Residents were told to stay indoors as 20 officers and a dog warden tried to catch the animals, believed to have escaped from a house on the estate.

Police, who were called at about 1230 GMT, used shields to keep the dogs at bay.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said: "The operation has now come to a conclusion.

"We've sadly had to shoot the two dogs to protect members of the public and officers."

Pupils kept inside

She said the dogs' owner had been traced.

The dogs were initially reported in Longcroft Drive and ran through several streets, including Lea Road.

John Weston, who lives on the estate, said: "I was indoors in my office and heard about three or four shots, quickly, one after the other.

"I went upstairs, looked out of the window and there were about 15 police officers and I could see a further three cars."

Pupils at nearby Holdbrook Primary School were kept inside.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire County Council said: "Police alerted the school to the situation and asked them to lock the gates and keep the children indoors, which they did.

"The dogs never went on to school premises and the children were never in any danger.

"Once the situation was resolved the children had a belated outdoor playtime."

The dogs were shot at about 1320 GMT.

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