Bristol

Weston-super-Mare police dog biting man filmed

  • 8 May 2014
  • From the section Bristol

Footage has emerged of a police dog biting the neck of a shirtless man as he is arrested in Weston-super-Mare.

The video posted on YouTube, shows a man lying on his front in the road when the barking dog lunges forward and seems to sink its teeth into his neck.

The dog, which was on a lead, appears to drag the man forward a short way.

Avon and Somerset Police Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said the force's professional standards department would investigate.

The force said officers were called in the early hours of Saturday to reports of a large fight.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said she had watched the footage and had spoken to the chief constable about it.

"It will be very thoroughly investigated. It won't be brushed under the carpet," she said.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the man had received medical treatment for a shoulder injury but had since been released from hospital.

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