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CCTV cameras go up in Exeter park after two dog attacks

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

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Helen Gale who was injured in a recent dog attack in Exeter

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Video cameras are to be set up in an Exeter park where a recent attack took place.

Exeter City Council announced today that it would be installing CCTV in Belmont Park, at least for a temporary period, to monitor the areas used by dogs. The news comes after Helen Gale and her pet Jack Russell suffered injuries after being attacked by another dog on 12 January.

Ms Dale needed four days of hospital treatment after being bitten on her hand as she frantically tried to free Poppy from the jaws of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The attack just a few months since pensioner Diana Walton watched her dog mauled to death in the same park.

Cllr Keith Owen, Lead Councillor for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, said the the City Council had met with the police and sought the views of members of the local community and local councillors.

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"We have carried out an initial review of our policy on dogs in Belmont Park and we will be putting recommendations to the next meeting of the council's Scrutiny Community," he said.

"A number of options need to be considered. Members need to decide whether to continue with the present regulations, which do not require dogs to be on a lead, or to introduce a new one requiring all dogs in the park to be on leads. I am aware that the latter option would not be popular with many responsible dog owners who use the park to exercise their dogs."

"In the meantime, we have increased further our regular patrols of the park and we are putting in CCTV."

Officers of the City Council can require out of control dogs to be put on a lead. The Council however has no power to insist that dogs wear a muzzle, a suggestion that has been put to it. Belmont Park contains a fenced off play area for children from which dogs are banned.

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