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Chingford dog attack: Man charged after girl mauled

The park in Chingford
Image caption The park in Chingford is popular with families and dog walkers

A man has been charged with allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control after a six-year-old girl was mauled in a north-east London park.

The 56-year-old was detained after part of the girl's ear was bitten off in the attack on Saturday in Chingford.

The victim also suffered injuries to her neck and shoulder and has undergone plastic surgery in hospital.

She was attacked by the dog, which has been seized, in front of her parents, at Pole Hill, Woodberry Way.

Police said the man, who has not been named, was arrested after handing himself in at Chingford police station.

Det Sgt Stuart Cheek, of Metropolitan Police, said: "This was an appalling incident that left a young child with serious injuries which are likely to scar her for life."

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