Northampton Figures Highlight Escalating Dog Bite Problem

Latest Statistics Demonstrate Serious Concerns Over Attacks

18.04.2012


New figures from Northamptonshire Police are further evidence that more needs to be done to protect the public from the potential dangers of dog attacks, according to a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell.

According to the Northampton Chronicle, figures from the local police force have revealed that 123 people suffered dog bite injuries in the area across 2011/12, which marks a huge increase from the figure of 39 recorded just two years earlier.

Officers have also stated that the increase can also be linked to why it has seen an increase in violent offences reported in the past 12 months.

The release of the research has come after the Burnley Express recently reported that dog bite cases in hospitals operated by the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust have increased by 13 per cent in the past five years.

Irwin Mitchell has vast experience of representing people who have suffered serious physical and psychological injuries as a result of dog attacks.

Louise Scott, a Birmingham-based solicitor with expertise in the area, said: “Building on previous research undertaken on this issue, these figures shown that the issue of dog attacks remains a serious concern.

“Despite indications that new proposals on this issue would be unveiled by the government around Easter, we are still yet to be given any indication on how they are planning to tackle the threats that dangerous dogs can pose to the public.

“We have seen on numerous occasions just how devastating attacks can be and it is vital that every effort is made to ensure irresponsible owners and dangerous dogs can be quickly identified and held to account.”