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Dog bites girl, two, in the face in Castlepark Green in Craigmillar

A two-year-old girl has been treated for facial injuries after a dog bit her in the face at a playpark in Edinburgh.

The toddler was at the park with her mother in Castlepark Green in Craigmillar at about 16:00 on Thursday when she was bitten by a dog with no owner present.

Police said the animal attacked the girl without provocation.

A man who was walking in the area forced the dog off the child. Officers want to trace the animal which ran off.

'Traumatic incident'

The child was taken to Craigmillar Medical Practice where she was treated for a facial cut and scratches.

The dog was described as being a brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier with black spots and a heavy build.

Police are also looking to trace the person who came forward to help the family.

Insp Roddy Hardy, of the Lothian and Borders force, said: "This was a traumatic incident for the child and we are grateful that there was a member of the public available to help them.

"The dog responsible had no owner that the mother could see, and ran off in an unknown direction.

"As such, we are keen to trace the animal as a matter of urgency to ensure no further incidents occur.

"Similarly, we are keen to trace the good Samaritan who came to the aid of the little girl to see if they have any further information to help with our inquiries."

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