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Man admits charges after dog attack

A man has pleaded guilty to owning a dangerous dog after an attack which left 10 people needing hospital treatment.

Unemployed Spencer Brown, 21, of Marline Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, admitted six counts of owning a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place, at Hastings Magistrates' Court.

Brown also admitted possession of cannabis and owning a dog dangerously out of control in a private place in St Leonards on May 16.

He was released on conditional bail to live at an address outside Sussex and will appear at Lewes Crown Court for sentencing on a date to be fixed.

Another man, a 22-year-old arrested at the scene on Sunday, has been released without charge.

Police went to Marline Road at around 8.55pm following a report that two dogs had escaped into the street and several people had been attacked. When officers arrived, one of the dogs had already been captured by members of the public and was in a dog crate.

The second dog was contained by a dog unit, assisted by other police officers at the scene, in a garden, allowing South East Coast Ambulance Service to treat those who had been injured.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Ten local people, none of whom are children, sustained a range of serious but not life- threatening bites, cuts and scratches caused in the attacks in the street and were treated at the Conquest Hospital.

"None have been detained at hospital but three of the 10, a woman and two men, have been referred for outpatient treatment at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead."

Sussex Police force has applied for a destruction order for the dogs which are being held in secure kennels out of the county.

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