Children among six people hurt in dog attack

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A man has been arrested after two dogs went on a rampage in Bristol, injuring six people, including two children.

The Alsatian dogs ran amok for 30 minutes in the streets of Horfield, mauling two mothers as they took their children to school at about 9am yesterday.

A 45-year-old mother was attacked as she tried to protect her six-year-old daughter who was bitten on her left side.

A 34-year-old woman who was walking with her two young children was also bitten by the dogs who started their rampage in Shakespeare Avenue before making their way along Filton Avenue.

Here they set on a 15-year-old boy who was bitten on the arm as he stood outside the Candy Shop newsagents where the owner ushered children on their way to school inside the shop to safety.

In total, four people were rushed to Frenchay Hospital by ambulance crews while a fifth person made their own way to hospital.

A sixth person was treated at the scene by an off-duty paramedic.

All of the victims were passers-by but none of the injuries was reported as serious.

Shortly after, a 30-year-old man was arrested and held for questioning under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The dogs, which neighbours say were about a year old, were caught by police and are now being held in kennels.