Armed police attend Ashton cemetery following dog attack

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ARMED police descended on an Ashton-under-Lyne cemetery after a woman was attacked by a dog on Mothering Sunday.

Witnesses reported hearing screams as the animal is believed to have bitten its victim on the leg on the afternoon of March 10.

Several Greater Manchester Police units, including an armed response, attended the scene at Ashton (Hurst) Cemetery.

The dog was secured and placed in an Animals in Transit van, with the woman taken to hospital with ‘non-life threatening or changing injuries.’

Armed Police officers at Ashton Hurst Cemetery

Armed officers were stood down without having to use their weapons.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: ‘At around 1.25pm on Sunday, March 10, officers responded to reports of a dog attacking a female in Hurst Cemetery, Prospect Road, Ashton-under-Lyne.

“Officers attended and the dog was subsequently secured.

“The female was taken to hospital with non-life threatening or changing injuries.”

Ashton (Hurst) Cemetery has been subject of a dog exclusion order since March 2010.

That means anyone taking dogs on to it is liable for a fine of up to £1,000 unless they have a reasonable excuse for doing so or the owner or authority having control of the land has consented to it.

Those who are registered as blind or has a hearing dog trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are exempt.

As are those with assistance dogs for a disability which affects mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects.

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