A police officer is recovering after being bitten by a dog as he chased an aggressive suspect in Harlington.
The male police constable needed stitches after being bitten in the thigh and groin area when the man set his dog loose. He remains off work while he recovers from his injuries.
Police were called to Bath Road at 23:44hrs on Friday, 22 November to reports of a fight and suspects armed with guns and knives.
Firearms officers attended – the suspects had made off. However, one man then returned with a dog and was verbally aggressive towards officers. He was pursued on foot by officers and then let loose the dog.
The man, aged 33, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH), affray, common assault and having a dangerous dog in public.
He was taken into custody and subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.
The officer was taken to hospital for treatment and is now recovering at home.
Chief Superintendent Pete Gardner, West Area commander, said: “This incident is a stark reminder of the threat faced by police and I’d like to commend the bravery of this officer in dealing with a violent suspect and their dog.
“Our officers should be able to go about their lawful duty without the threat of violence and we will do everything we can to bring to justice any person who assaults or causes injury to a police officer.“
The dog was seized and taken to a west London police station.