Tyne & Wear

Amputee breeder Stephen Potts charged over dog attacks

A breeder who had his arm amputated after being mauled by his own dogs has been charged after three people were injured in another attack.

Stephen Potts is accused of owning dangerously out of control American bulldogs after they fought with another dog and attacked two men and a woman.

The 48-year-old of Low Pittington, County Durham, will appear before Peterlee magistrates on 27 November.

Police said Mr Potts' dogs have been taken and placed in kennels.

The attacks happened in fields between Pittington and Belmont, known as the scrambles, on 21 October, police said.

One of the injured men, a 63-year-old man from Belmont, needed hospital treatment for a head and leg injury.

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