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The moment PSNI dog bit arm of terrified teen girl sparking Police Ombudsman probe

By Tony Allen

This is the moment a PSNI dog bit the arm of a terrified teenager sparking a Police Ombudsman probe.

Cops have confirmed they will be referring the incident involving the Alsatian to Dr Michael Maguire's office, as the victim of the attack also prepares to make a complaint.

Carrickfergus woman Lyndsey Clarke was trying to calm down a male friend whose face was covered with blood when she was suddenly bitten by the dog during clashes at Belfast's Central Station on Easter Monday.

On mobile phone video footage taken by a female friend she can be heard screaming and recoiling in fear as the dog latches onto her arm.

Lyndsey said afterwards: “I was just trying to calm Kyle down and then some dog bites me.”

She said a concerned police dog handler said sorry.


Carrickfergus DUP council candidate Cheryl Johnston urged Lyndsey to report the dog attack to the Police Ombudsman.

Writing on her Facebook page, she said: “Report that Lyndsey. Hope you're okay.”

The PSNI confirmed it will be referring the dog attack to the Police Ombudsman.

It was among a number of violent incidents to occur on Easter Monday following an Apprentice Boys parade in east Belfast.

A man in his 40s was arrested on Castlereagh Street, while six men were detained in Ormeau Park.

A large crowd from Carrickfergus and Larne who had been at the parade in east Belfast gathered in Central Station to catch trains home.

Police were called after a number of males started fighting.

Officers with dogs arrived on the platform, with one Alsation snapping into Lyndsey Clarke's arm.

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