Dog attack injures Durham policewoman PC Helen Pearson

A police officer is recovering in hospital after needing emergency surgery following a "traumatic" dog attack in County Durham.

PC Helen Pearson was on a routine call to a property in Tow Law at about 11:00 BST on Sunday, when she was attacked by a Japanese Akita dog.

A passing driver gave the officer first aid before other officers arrived after the dog broke free from a nearby house.

She suffered "significant" injuries to both arms and her left hip.

PC Pearson was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham for emergency surgery and has been kept in for continuing treatment.

'Good spirits'

Insp Kevin Tuck said: "This was a traumatic attack on an experienced officer who was carrying out her duties on a routine call.

"Although she's in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery she will need extensive ongoing medical treatment.

"We're extremely grateful to the woman who came to Helen's aid and are contacting her to record our formal thanks."

The dog was in a garden with other Akitas when it broke free from its chain.

It has been seized by police and steps are being taken to obtain an order for its humane destruction.

The dog's owners have been interviewed in relation to possible offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act and other legislation.

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