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Woodford Green dog attack: Call for fences at park after two children hospitalised

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 September 2018

Police and parademics were called to reports of children injured in a dog attack in Ray Lodge Park, Woodford Green on Monday, September 4. Photo: Irem Azid

Police and parademics were called to reports of children injured in a dog attack in Ray Lodge Park, Woodford Green on Monday, September 4. Photo: Irem Azid

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Concerned residents are calling for fences to be put up in Ray Park after a dog attack which resulted in two children being taken to hospital.

Police and paramedics were called at 6.17pm on Monday (September 3) and found four children suffering bite injuries.

Armaan Siddique, 14, was taken to a trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital after sustaining bites to the boy, arm and groin while trying to drag his friend Kasim Razzaq, 10, from the dog’s jaws.

Kasim was also taken to hospital as precaution.

“He is still traumatised,” said Kasim’s mum Rizwana Wahab.

Ray Park in Woodford Green.Ray Park in Woodford Green.

She said: “We want to make sure there are fenced-off areas in the park and make sure children know what to do in that situation.”

Una McEvoy, who lives next to the park and runs a dog walking business, has thrown her support behind the campaign.

“We are not saying that dogs need to be on a lead 24/7.

“But there should be an area for dogs which aren’t suitable to be let off their leads.”

Ray Park in Woodford Green.Ray Park in Woodford Green.

She has set-up a petition on change.org calling for the children’s play area in Ray Park to be fenced-off and for a seperate enclosed dog-training area to be created, so gaining 23 of a target 100.

Irem Aziz, from South Woodford, told the Recorder her 13-year-old son Armaan was playing with nine other children in a wooded area of Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, at around 5.45pm last Monday when they were set upon by a dog.

“We were about to leave when we decided to have one last game,” she said.

“The dog came out of nowhere.”

Ray Park in Woodford Green.Ray Park in Woodford Green.

She said she stood helpless as the dog chased Kasim, 10, into an area they call “the maze”.

“The dog chased him and dropped him on to the ground. It was so ferocious,” she added.

As her son tried to rescue Kasim the dog bit him on the arm, groin and body, she said.

“He was screaming and shouting. There was nothing I could do.”

The dog then attacked other children and a passing driver sounded their car horn.

The incident ended when one of the boys used the owner’s muzzle and lead to gain control of the dog, Ms Aziz said.

The owner then led it away for a walk.

Paramedics and police were called to the scene at 6.17pm.

They found four children, aged nine to 13, suffering dog bite injuries.

Ms Aziz said that her son was taken to a major trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital for fears that the bite may have punctured his lung.

His injuries have been deemed not life-threatening or life-changing.

Two other boys were treated by paramedics at the scene and a third was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Ms Aziz added: “[Dog owners] need to be able to control their dogs; otherwise they shouldn’t be having one.”

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “The dog’s owner called police at about 8.20pm to report the incident.

“Officers attended and the dog was voluntarily surrendered to police.

“The dog will be assessed by officers from the Status Dog Unit.

“No arrests have been made.

“Inquiries continue.”

Do you believe that fences should be put up to avoid similar incident in future?

Sign the petition here.

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