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Teenager arrested after dog attack

A TEENAGER has been arrested after a bull terrier was set on a disabled man. The dog was let loose on the man after a row in central Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The disabled man, who has not been identified, was treated for minor injuries.

The attack was captured on CCTV cameras in the area. Police arrested the teenager, 17, on suspicion of assault and being in possession of a dangerous dog.

The youth, from Cheltenham, has now been released on bail pending further enquiries. The dog was seized by police dog handlers under the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act and is being held at secure kennels.

Superintendent Martin Surl of Gloucestershire Police said: ‘This was a very unpleasant attack on a particularly vulnerable person. Fortunately, thanks to CCTV in the location, we were able to make an arrest and to seize the animal very quickly. The incident demonstrates the value of CCTV coverage in the town and should serve as a warning to anyone considering committing offences of any kind here.