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Man banned from owning dogs after bulldog savages police woman

A man has been banned from owning dogs after his pet bulldog viciously attacked a police woman who tried to help him.

Bodeane Rostron was lying in the road near a junction in Tonge Moor, Bolton, Greater Manchester, on September 18 last year when officer Michelle Murphy got out of her van believing he was injured.

She soon realised Rostron, a dad-of-three, was drunk and did not have control of either of his two dogs that were with him.

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The larger dog, Bo-Bo, jumped on PC Murphy’s left leg and gripped hold of it with its teeth, violently shaking it, and dragging her to the ground.

Despite her screams, Rostron did not attempt to gain control of the dog, prosecution barrister Andrew Molloy told Bolton Crown Court.

PC Murphy’s colleague PC Duncan repeatedly punched Bo-Bo in the face but the animal only let go when PC Duncan pepper sprayed him.

PC Murphy managed to get back to the van and press her emergency button – calling for backup. It took four police officers with a fire extinguisher to get Bo-Bo under control.

Rostron, 37, was taken to hospital to have his head wound examined and was arrested on suspicion of a section five public order offence after using ‘abusive words', Mr Molloy said.

In June of this year, Rostron, of Firwood Grove, Tonge Moor, was convicted of being the owner in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and causing serious injury.

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In an emotional victim impact statement, a tearful PC Murphy told of how she has permanent damage to her left leg after her muscle was ripped off the bone. She branded Rostron a 'disgrace' and added that the incident has left her terrified of dogs other than her own.

Speaking to Roston, PC Murphy said: "My colleague, a grown man, cried at the scene because he felt he had let me down; when in fact he didn't, his actions probably saved my leg from being ripped off by your dog.

"You let me down, nobody else. I have recurring thoughts that if your dog had grabbed me by the throat and not the leg, it would have killed me."

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Defending, Martin Sharp told the court Rostron owns a successful landscaping business and employs three people. He also has shared custody of his two-year-old son.

The judge, Recorder Simon Hilton sentenced Rostron to 12 months, suspended for two years.

"Immediate custody would significantly affect and harm the lives of other people, not least the people you employ,” he said.

He ordered Rostron to pay Ms Murphy £3,000 in compensation, as well as £4,350 in kennelling costs.

Rostron will be banned from owning dogs in the future, Recorder Hilton ruled, and Bo-Bo will be destroyed.

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