Man faces charges over Speke dog attack

Stapleton Avenue, Speke Image copyright Google
Image caption The boys were attacked in Stapleton Avenue, Speke

A man has appeared in court over a dog attack which left two boys injured.

An 11-year-old was seriously injured in a mauling on Stapleton Avenue in Speke, Liverpool, on Sunday, while a 12-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Liverpool magistrates heard Fredrick Farnsworth, 72, faced two counts of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog, which related to two Staffordshire bull terrier-type dogs.

He was ordered to appear at the city's crown court on 24 July.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said the 11-year-old suffered injuries to his legs, arms, face and back and remained in Alder Hey Children's' Hospital in a "serious, but not life-threatening condition".

The second boy was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

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