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Man remanded over Newham police dog attack

Scene of the dog attack in Albert Square
Image caption Five officers were injured when a dog attacked them in Albert Square

A man charged with possessing a dangerous dog which attacked five police officers has been remanded in custody by magistrates.

The officers were injured in Newham, east London, on Thursday morning. Three officers still remain in hospital.

Symieon Robinson Pierre, 25, of Albert Square, Newham, was charged with two offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

He was also charged with kidnapping and causing grievous bodily harm, both in the borough of Newham.

Mr Pierre, who appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court, was remanded in custody until 30 March when he will appear before magistrates again.

Officers need surgery

The other charges he faces are possession of a banned dog, namely a pit bull, and allowing the dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, injuring five persons.

Prosecutor Sabrina Samaroo told the court that PC Bush, PC Merritt, PC Corderoy and PC Fray were among those injured in the attack. They were only referred to by their surnames in court.

One of them is undergoing an operation following the attack while the other two are awaiting surgery.

Two of the injured officers need skin grafts and plastic surgery, the prosecutor said.

Theresa Gerald, defending, said Mr Pierre was a "music artist" who takes part in events in schools and youth centres to encourage positive behaviour among young people.

Mr Pierre will also appear at Inner London Crown Court on 18 May.