Mum and two children ‘assaulted in dog attack leaving them covered in blood’

A young mum and two children were allegedly assaulted by a man and attacked by a dog in an incident which left them “covered in blood”.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, after reports that a woman in her 20s and two children under the age of 16 had been involved in a domestic incident on Friday, August 12.

Derbyshire Police confirmed officers arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of assault, coercive and controlling behaviour, and being in charge of a dog that is dangerously out of control.

A woman who claimed to be friends with the victim said that she was a young mum and that both the mum, her three-year old son and her younger brother had been attacked by a dog.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening – but four dogs have been seized and the arrested man remains in custody, officers confirmed.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Officers were called to reports of a domestic incident in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, at around 6pm yesterday evening (August 12).

“At the scene a woman in her 20s was found to have been assaulted and bitten by a dog – as well as two boys under the age of 16 who were also bitten by during the incident.

“A third boy, also under the age of 16, was found to have been assaulted during the incident.

“A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault, coercive and controlling behaviour, and being in charge of a dog that is dangerously out of control. He remains in police custody.

“Four dogs were seized from the address and are now being cared for by a specialist kennels.

“All four victims of the incident are receiving treatment for their injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.”

One witness at the scene rushed to help after seeing the mum and kids covered in blood and bite marks.

Other residents described the dog as looking like Staffordshire Bull Terriers – but this has not been confirmed by police.

A dog removal van and a dog handler officer, was also pictured on the residential street.

Speaking to Derbyshire Live, one resident said: “There were quite a lot of police cars and it looked really serious.

“I think they had someone in the back of a police van but I couldn’t see much.”

Another added: “The police were next to the roundabout and they were there for quite a while.

“I can’t imagine how the people involved must have felt.”