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Police dog handler in clear over bitten Sheffield woman

Injuries to Dawn Priestley's arm
Dawn Priestley was bitten while hanging out her washing

A police dog handler whose animal bit a woman in her back garden will not face any disciplinary action.

South Yorkshire Police said it had carried out a misconduct investigation following the attack.

Dawn Priestley, 39, of Wincobank, Sheffield, was bitten three times on her right arm while hanging out her washing in August.

Police were chasing a suspect after being called to the area to deal with a disturbance.

The force's Professional Standards Department carried out the inquiry under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said: "The force's report concluded that the evidence available shows the dog handler's decision to deploy the dog was correct, proportionate, lawful and in line with Association of Chief Police Officers guidelines, and his training"

Speaking at the time of the attack, Ms Priestley's partner Mark Jones said the couple were both "very angry".

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