Young Citizen: Thierry, 11, muzzles ‘out-of-control’ dog which attacked friends in Woodford Green park

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 September 2018

Young Citizen nominee Thierry Ford-Griffiths.

Young Citizen nominee Thierry Ford-Griffiths.


A courageous 11-year-old who muzzled an “out-of-control” dog after it mauled four of his playmates – two of whom were taken to hospital – is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

Thierry Ford-Griffiths, of Ray Lodge Road, was playing with friends in Ray Park, Woodford Green, on Monday, September 3 when they were set upon by a dog.

Police and paramedics were called and found four children, aged nine to 13, with dog bites.

“I felt scared but I got over it,” Thierry told the Recorder.

“I asked [the owner] for the lead and she gave it to me and then I put it on the dog because the owner wasn’t really doing anything.

“She was just standing there.”

Thierry first placed the lead on the dog and then the muzzle.

Having previously owned a Staffordshire bull terrier called Gucci, he was well equipped with knowledge about how to avoid incidents with dogs.

He said: “If you run away from them then they will chase you.

“But if you are still then the dog will leave you alone.”

Theirry was nominated by Rizwana Wahab, whose son Kasim Razzaq, 10, was taken to hospital as a precaution following the incident.

She said: “I am nominating him for bravely controlling an out-of-control dog, even though he was absolutely terrified.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that the dog’s owner called police that evening to report the incident. Officers attended and the dog was voluntarily surrendered to police.

No arrests have been made and the dog will be assessed by officers from the Status Dog Unit.

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card.

The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards in March.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under-25, by completing the form on this page or by clicking this link here.

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