POLICE have seized one of the dogs believed to be responsible for a number of attacks which left two people requiring hospital treatment.

Jenny Yates had to be taken to A&E after she was bitten by a dog on a chain while jogging along Green Street in Radcliffe on Saturday morning.

Seven reports of dangerous dogs were made in the same area between December 31 and January 6, and a 70-year-old man was also taken to hospital to be treated for leg injuries. 

They have both been discharged since.

Today, police seized one of the dogs believed to be responsible.

Ms Yates, who runs for Radcliffe AC, said: “It happened just opposite the Dunelm store. We jogged over the footbridge. They had a van parked on the pavement so we had to jog into the road.

“The first dog which was on a long chain jumped up and we managed to avoid that one. But while avoiding that one, another dog ran out from the other side of the van, again on a chain. We didn’t see that one as we were busy avoiding the other.

“Its jaws were clamped on the back of my leg. The chain allowed the dog to be three to five yards into the road.”

Ms Yates was bitten at around 10.45am on Saturday. Fellow runner Lisa Carter, who is lady captain at Radcliffe AC, phoned the police’s non-emergency number to report the dog attack.

She said: “Jenny was ahead. The dog shot out from behind the van and attacked her by biting her calf. We were very shocked and Jenny was in quite a bit of pain. It was quite a deep wound. The dog was associated with the traveller site.

“It was on a webbing strap looped over the tow bar of their white van which was parked on the pavement.”

She added: “As a club, we regularly run by this carpark to access the trail. We expect to be able to run in safety in the area without the risk of being attacked by dogs.Whilst the travellers are camped on the carpark we intend to re-route our training runs to protect our club members.

“If it had been a child the outcome would surely have been much worse.”

Ms Carter, who accompanied Ms Yates to A&E at Fairfield General Hospital, praised the hospital staff for their care and attention.

She has since written to MP for Bury North James Frith to express her concerns for the safety of members of the public.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: 

"Officers are investigating seven reports of dangerous dogs between Sunday, December 31, 2017 and Saturday, January 6, 2018, on Green Street in Radcliffe.

"During this time frame, a 54-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man went to hospital where they were treated for leg injuries. 

"They have since been discharged.

"Today, Monday 8 January 2018, police seized a dog and enquiries in to all the reports are ongoing."