Girl, six, attacked by dog at Doncaster playground

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Police are hunting a dog owner after a young girl was bitten while playing at a Doncaster beauty spot.

The incident happened at the play area in Sandall Beat Woods and the six-year-old needed hospital treatment.

The girl was with her auntie and two cousins near the Ranger Station in the woods, at about 2.30pm on Saturday, August 10, at the same time as a man with a brindle-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier, which was not on a lead.

It began barking at the children, and the man reportedly tried to pull the dog away by its collar but it broke free of the man’s grip and bit the girl on her left knee.

The girl, from the Intake area, was treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for puncture wounds.

Police are keen to trace the owner who was in his late 30s, about 5ft 9ins, of average build, unshaven, with short dark hair slicked back, wearing dark jeans, an off-white short-sleeved shirt, and was said to be of scruffy appearance.

He was riding a plain matt black mountain bike.

Anyone with information about the incident or the dog owner is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 696 of August 10.