Police seek owner after teenager is bitten by dog

Sussex Police would like to speak to the owner of a dog which bit a 13-year-old boy in Crawley Down.

The teenager received scratches and bruises after being bitten as he played football with a friend on the playing field next to The Haven Centre, Hophurst Lane, on Wednesday (April 10).

The dog was described as brown and white with long ears, a long body and may have been a Bassethound or similar.

The owner was described as a white man in his 50s with short grey hair, wearing a Chelsea FC jacket. He was overheard to call the dog ‘Ralph’.

PC Steve Lambeth of the Neighbourhood Response Team said: “Fortunately, on this occasion, the victim was not seriously injured but it was a frightening incident for the teenager involved.

“I am keen to trace the dog and his owner regarding the incident.

“If anyone has any information or thinks they know their identities then we would ask them to call police on 101, quoting serial number 0667 of 11 April.

“Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”