Two to face court following Ashington dog attack on six-year-old girl

Two people are to appear in court in connection with an attack by two dogs on a six-year-old girl in Ashington

Ellie Hall with her mum Tina
Ellie Hall with her mum Tina

Two people are to appear in court in connection with an incident in which two dogs attacked a six year old girl.

Northumbria Police confirmed two people had been summoned to attend court following the attack on Ellie Hall by two bulldogs at Ashington last month.

The Central Primary School pupil and pal Kaitlyn Groves, aged six, were riding their scooters in the lane behind their Portia Street homes at around 3pm on Sunday, May 4 when she was set upon by the American bulldogs.

Kaitlyn ran home to tell her parents.

Jason Charlton, whose Katherine Street home is on the opposite side of the lane to the Hall family’s home, heard the attack and came out onto the lane with a crow bar he was to use on his motorbike.

He and Josh Cardno and Clint Baird - both armed with sticks - chased the dogs away allowing Ellie to escape and go home to tell her parents.

They later spoke of their gratitude to their neighbours for saving their daughter’s life.

Ellie had part of her ear ripped off, lost a chunk of her arm and suffered puncture wounds to her head and body.

She was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where she underwent plastic surgery.

Ellie was released after several days in hospital.

The two dogs were destroyed following the attack.

The owners voluntarily attended a police station to help officers with their inquiries.

A force spokesman confirmed that two people had been summoned to attend court in connection with the incident, and will appear before magistrates.

However police refused to give names, ages and addresses of the duo or say for which alleged offences they have been summoned.


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