Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pit ball 'used as weapon' to attack love rival in Whetstone, Barnet police claim

By Kevin Bradford, Times Series

POLICE are hunting the owner of a dangerous dog that was “used as a weapon” and allegedly savaged a man's groin during an attack in Whetstone on Friday night.
The 23-year-old victim was left with with bite wounds to the inside of his leg and had to be taken for treatment at Barnet General Hospital following the incident in Greenside Close, at about 11pm.
Officers said the man was attacked when visiting his girlfriend. Two men, one of whom police said had been in a previous relationship with the woman, knocked at her door, and when she answered, they forced their way into her house.
The boyfriend was beaten and when he tried to escape he was chased in the street. When he was caught, a pink nosed pit ball terrier was set on him and it was then that he received the injuries to his groin, police said.
The victim also sustained a dislocated shoulder as a result of the beating.
Barnet police said they are “urgently seeking” the two men believed to have been connected to the assault and the pit bull.
Detective Constable Davies, from Barnet CID, said: “Police are very concerned that a person has apparently used a pit bull as a weapon.
“We would urge any member of the public with information to contact us. We will treat all information in complete confidence.”
Police said the man who allegedly urged the dog to attack the victim has been using the name “Carlos”.
He is described as black, stocky to fat build, in his mid twenties, 5ft 9” tall with his hair platted in cane rows.
The second man is also black, in his mid twenties, about 5ft 8” tall and of slim build.
Anyone with information should contact DC Davies at Barnet CID on 020 8733 or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 2415242/10.

* I, at first, thought "Pit Ball" was a typo but it is used in the text as well, along with "Pit Bull". I've requested information regarding the terminology and am awaiting a reply. 

* Okay, "Pit Ball" was a typo and the article online has now been fixed.

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