Investigation into police dog attack concludes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:09 31 August 2014

The police dog and the unarmed man, as captured from the video footage.

The police dog and the unarmed man, as captured from the video footage.

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A POLICE officer whose dog bit an unarmed man while he was lying on the ground in Weston has been cleared of breaching rules following an investigation.

The Mercury reported in May how a police dog bit the man, believed to have been a suspect in an earlier assault, after he had already surrendered in Alexandra Parade.

The incident, at around 2.30am, 
was filmed by a passer-by and showed the dog lunging for the man and 
clamping its jaws into his neck and shoulder.

The 28-year-old required hospital treatment for his injuries following the incident, which was described by witnesses as ‘horrifying’.

Senior figures at Avon and Somerset Constabulary promised an investigation to see if use of the dog was ‘appropriate and necessary’.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission passed the matter onto the constabulary’s Professional Standards Department in June.

The investigation has now concluded, ruling the officer was not at fault and had followed the correct guidelines.

The dog has undergone further training so it could be re-licensed.

The dog and his handler have now returned to duty as a team.

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