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Crewe police shoot dog dead after woman attacked

Police at the scene of the attack
Image caption Cheshire Police were called to Golden Hill, Weston, at 08:00 BST

A dog has been shot dead by police after a woman was attacked in Crewe.

Two dogs were reported to be on the loose after the attack in Golden Hill, Weston.

One was captured at about 08:00 BST, but the other was shot while running in the street, Cheshire Police said.

Both are believed to be shar-peis, the force added. Two other dogs - a boxer and spaniel - were injured and are receiving treatment.

'Witnessed by children'

The woman did not require medical treatment.

Ch Insp Pete Shaw said: "This was clearly a distressing incident for all those involved − it took place in a busy area during rush hour.

"Armed officers were deployed to the scene and I would like to reassure local people that the situation was quickly brought under control."

Cheshire East Council has said the killing may have been witnessed by children.

In a statement, it said: "Head teachers have been advised to re-assure children that the police action was necessary and the incident has been contained."

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