Blyth dog attack trial of women halted for legal reasons

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Claire Neal denied owning a dangerously out of control dog

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.

Image source, John Tuttiett
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The dog was finally restrained after attacking children and one adult, the court heard

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