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Woman Charged After Dog Attack That Hurt 11 Children

Claire Neal has been remanded in custody.

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The playground on Burns Avenue park in Blyth, Northumberland, where the incident took place.
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The playground on Burns Avenue park in Blyth, Northumberland, where the incident took place.

A 37-year-old woman has been charged after 11 children were bitten by a dog in a playground.

Claire Neal appeared in court this morning to deny a charge of being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control.

Neal, of Chasedale Crescent, Blyth, was remanded in custody by magistrates in Newcastle, until her next appearance in court on 3 June.

Eleven children were taken to hospital with puncture wounds after Wednesday's incident in Blyth, which ended when the Staffordshire bull terrier involved was tied to a playground railing with a cardigan before police arrived.

Superintendent Mick Paterson of Northumbria police said: "Investigations into this incident are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information to contact the police. We will continue to have extra neighbourhood officers in the area speaking to those involved and offering reassurance to local residents who have any concerns."

The dog is understood to still be in kennels. Meanwhile, two people who police said were assisting them with their enquiries have been released on bail.

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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