The trial of two women accused of being responsible for a dog that attacked 12 children has been halted.
Staffordshire bull terrier Marley bit the children when it escaped from a house in Blyth in May last year.
Claire Neal, 38, denied owning a dangerously out of control dog and Leanne Patterson, 35, denied being in charge of it.
Their trial began at Newcastle Crown Court on 2 August but has been halted for legal reasons.
The jury has been discharged and a decision on whether a retrial will be held will be made on 18 August.