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Two Dogs Injure Eight In Hastings Rampage
Two men have been arrested after a dog attack that left eight people in Sussex needing hospital treatment.
Police were sent to Marline Road in Hastings, East Sussex, at around 8.55pm on Sunday after reports two dogs had escaped into the street and injured several people.
When officers arrived, one of the dogs had already been caught by members of the public in a dog crate, a police spokesman said.
The second animal was cornered in a garden by a dog unit, helped by other police officers at the scene, allowing the ambulance staff to treat those who had been injured.
Police believe three people received serious bites and scratches to their bodies but that their injuries are not life-threatening.
Five others received hospital treatment for minor injuries. All of those hurt during the attack were aged between 20 and 50.
The spokesman said he could not confirm the breed of either dog but that they were both being assessed in secure kennels in the South East.
A 22-year-old man from Hastings is being held by police after being arrested at the scene on suspicion of allowing dogs to be dangerously out of control, while a 21-year-old man was arrested for the same offence on Monday morning.
Inspector Sarah Godley, from the East Sussex neighbourhood response team, said: "This was an incredibly distressing incident for everyone involved and quick work from members of the public and officers at the scene meant that the incident was quickly brought under control.
"Firearms officers were deployed to the incident but they were stood down when it became clear that the unarmed officers were able to get the dogs under control safely.
"We are now trying to establish exactly what has happened and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident."
Anyone with information on the attacks is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1537 of July 23, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.