Police appeal for witnesses after teenager is bitten by German Shepherd

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old boy was bitten by an aggressive German Shepherd dog in Hampden Park.

Four teenage boys were playing football on the Sussex Downs college pitch between 3:30pm and 4pm on Sunday, December 8 when their ball went over the fence into the Hampden Park field.

The 17-year-old climbed over to retrieve it and was bitten on his left thigh by a white German Shepherd which then chased after him as he tried to get away.

The boy managed to get back over the fence and the dog owner, who had been several hundred feet away, then managed to control the dog. The young victim remonstrated with the owner who in turn blamed the lad for the incident.

The dog is described as a large white fluffy German Shepherd and was wearing a black harness. The owner is described as a white man, about 60-65 years old, of slim build with short grey hair.

PC Paul Loizou from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Response Team said, “This was a very distressing incident for the victim. He was fortunate to suffer only very minor injuries.

“We want to make sure such an incident is not repeated as next time the consequences could be much more serious. I would urge anyone with any information to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1618 of 9/12. Alternatively they can e mail us on contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”