Police dog handler in clear over bitten Sheffield woman

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

Related Stories

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".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sheffield & South Yorkshire



5 °C 0 °C


  • A very clever little girlBrain gain

    Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?

  • BeefaloBeefalo hunt

    The hybrid animal causing havoc in the Grand Canyon

  • A British Rail signBringing back BR

    Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?

  • Banksy image of girl letting go of heart-shaped balloonFrom the heart

    Fergal Keane on the relationship between love and politics

  • Don Roberto Placa Quiet Don

    The world's worst interview - with one of the loneliest men on Earth

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.