Dad bitten by police dog 'as he walks home'

Craig Cooper recovering at home

Craig Cooper recovering at home

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DAD-of-four claims he was attacked by a police dog as he walked home from a night out - leaving him with deep wounds on his arm and leg.

Craig Cooper says he was walking back to his home with a friend when he was bitten by the dog, which had been deployed by its handler after reports of fighting nearby.

The 37-year-old, of Willow Crescent, Leigh, has been left with painful wounds from the attack and has had to take time off work as a landscape gardener while he recovers.

He said: “I was just walking home when I felt something on me. I thought I was being stabbed because I didn’t have a clue what was happening.

“It let go of my arm and latched on to my leg and that’s when I realised it was a dog and started to panic.

“I was on the ground and couldn’t hear or see anything so I thought it must be a stray. I just thought ‘who is going to get this dog off me?’.

“A police officer came over but I have no idea where from.

“He got the dog off me and went over to another police officer and told him it had just nipped me.

“He called an ambulance and just said ‘wrong person, wrong place, wrong time’.”

Mr Cooper believes the dog and its handler were out looking for a man in relation to an assault and they had chased the offender across the fields behind his street.

He added: “I’m still in shock. Only the week before we were walking home from a party with my little lad out in front. If it had been the week before he wouldn’t have stood a chance.

“I’ve got two wounds on my leg that they couldn’t glue or stitch so they are just open. They will heal but at the moment they are very painful and they keep bleeding.

“Even so I had to go back to work after a week off because I can’t afford not to.”

Mr Cooper has lodged a formal complaint with the police and is hoping he will receive some sort of compensation for his loss of earnings.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “At around 1.30am on August 3, police were responding to reports of fighting in Westleigh Lane in Leigh.

“This was treated as a grade one incident and officers were immediately deployed to the area. A short time later a handler and dog were deployed in the area around Willow Crescent.

“A man was bitten by the police dog in Willow Crescent.

“He sustained injuries to his arm and leg.

“The handler immediately called for an ambulance and the man was taken to hospital where he received treatment to scratches on his arm and puncture wounds on his thigh.”

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12:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

If a police dog bit any random person in Leigh the chances are they would be a criminal anyway.
If a police dog bit any random person in Leigh the chances are they would be a criminal anyway. Wolfie190
  • Score: 11

1:03pm Fri 15 Aug 14

cliff4treasurer says...

He looks like butter wouldn't melt,
More to this than meets the eye.
He looks like butter wouldn't melt, More to this than meets the eye. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 19

1:50pm Fri 15 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Quoting Wolfie 190; If a police dog bit any random person in Leigh the chances are they would be a criminal anyway.

and

cliff4treasurer; He looks like butter wouldn't melt,
More to this than meets the eye.

You pair of fecless t1t5! You don't even know the bloke, and both comments are pathetic.

Here's to Mr Cooper getting back to normal and back to work
Quoting Wolfie 190; If a police dog bit any random person in Leigh the chances are they would be a criminal anyway. and cliff4treasurer; He looks like butter wouldn't melt, More to this than meets the eye. You pair of fecless t1t5! You don't even know the bloke, and both comments are pathetic. Here's to Mr Cooper getting back to normal and back to work wsw69
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

nosynewsreader says...

Well said wsw69
Well said wsw69 nosynewsreader
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hough64 says...

That's the nature of the beast with the commenters on here. Judgemental retards with nothing better to do than sit at home, drinking cheap beer and coming on here making snide accusations on as many stories they can find.
That's the nature of the beast with the commenters on here. Judgemental retards with nothing better to do than sit at home, drinking cheap beer and coming on here making snide accusations on as many stories they can find. Hough64
  • Score: -10

3:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

brian jones says...

This news is a week old.
This news is a week old. brian jones
  • Score: 6

4:36pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Paul.Evs says...

Hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Not very re-assuring that 'highly trained' police dogs bite the first person they see.
Hope he makes a speedy recovery. Not very re-assuring that 'highly trained' police dogs bite the first person they see. Paul.Evs
  • Score: 15

9:04pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

They don't just have those police dogs wandering around and there is a procedure to be followed before unleashing them. Very strange and what a surprise that the word "compo" raises its head.

Must be a well paid gardener to be able to afford 4 kids when many well paid people struggle with just two. Perhaps Leigh is a particularly wealthy borough. Dunno.
They don't just have those police dogs wandering around and there is a procedure to be followed before unleashing them. Very strange and what a surprise that the word "compo" raises its head. Must be a well paid gardener to be able to afford 4 kids when many well paid people struggle with just two. Perhaps Leigh is a particularly wealthy borough. Dunno. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -6

12:16am Sat 16 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
They don't just have those police dogs wandering around and there is a procedure to be followed before unleashing them. Very strange and what a surprise that the word "compo" raises its head.

Must be a well paid gardener to be able to afford 4 kids when many well paid people struggle with just two. Perhaps Leigh is a particularly wealthy borough. Dunno.
Narrow minded, petty prejudice and presumptions popping up again and again. About time people started thinking before they speak thinking they know it all.

It has nothing to do with him being well paid or not. If he is happy with his lot, gets by on what he earns and his kids, wife and himself are all OK, then it's absolutely nothing do do with anyone else whatsoever.

As for the compensation element, then why shouldn't he claim loss of earnings from GMP? The state shouldn't have to pay anyone out when there is an outfit capable of paying him his lost salary.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: They don't just have those police dogs wandering around and there is a procedure to be followed before unleashing them. Very strange and what a surprise that the word "compo" raises its head. Must be a well paid gardener to be able to afford 4 kids when many well paid people struggle with just two. Perhaps Leigh is a particularly wealthy borough. Dunno.[/p][/quote]Narrow minded, petty prejudice and presumptions popping up again and again. About time people started thinking before they speak thinking they know it all. It has nothing to do with him being well paid or not. If he is happy with his lot, gets by on what he earns and his kids, wife and himself are all OK, then it's absolutely nothing do do with anyone else whatsoever. As for the compensation element, then why shouldn't he claim loss of earnings from GMP? The state shouldn't have to pay anyone out when there is an outfit capable of paying him his lost salary. wsw69
  • Score: 11

12:51am Sat 16 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

Has the dog been put down? Any other dog would have suffered that fate.
Has the dog been put down? Any other dog would have suffered that fate. Donkey Stone
  • Score: -7

9:36am Sat 16 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

wsw69 is a member of the naïve generation that believes everything they read and doesn't actually read it properly. The only fact in this article is that the individual was injured. The rest of it is what he says happened and that is just one side of the story. Of course, he may be right.

Look at the riots in the US over the "innocent" black guy shot by police. Looks bad doesn't it? One side of the story, until...press FoI requests surface the FACT that the guy had just robbed a local store. Hmmm. Not so simple is it? Wake up wsw.

An individual's circumstances are nothing to do with anyone else as long as they don't violate anyone else or sponge off them. It is completely legitimate to enquire whether that is in fact happening. Interestingly, the articles that can't be commented upon on this forum include convicted criminals and benefit fraudsters.

And wsw's last statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension that the police force is an agency of the state. If the police handler is at fault then he/she should be prosecuted for negligence and assault and they should pay the compensation.
wsw69 is a member of the naïve generation that believes everything they read and doesn't actually read it properly. The only fact in this article is that the individual was injured. The rest of it is what he says happened and that is just one side of the story. Of course, he may be right. Look at the riots in the US over the "innocent" black guy shot by police. Looks bad doesn't it? One side of the story, until...press FoI requests surface the FACT that the guy had just robbed a local store. Hmmm. Not so simple is it? Wake up wsw. An individual's circumstances are nothing to do with anyone else as long as they don't violate anyone else or sponge off them. It is completely legitimate to enquire whether that is in fact happening. Interestingly, the articles that can't be commented upon on this forum include convicted criminals and benefit fraudsters. And wsw's last statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension that the police force is an agency of the state. If the police handler is at fault then he/she should be prosecuted for negligence and assault and they should pay the compensation. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -13

10:48am Sat 16 Aug 14

may.wilkinson says...

police dogs are highly trained but they cant tell difference between a criminal and somebody walking home after a night out,
police dogs are highly trained but they cant tell difference between a criminal and somebody walking home after a night out, may.wilkinson
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Mr Cooper looks like he could handle himself in a Bar Brawl - I wouldnt fancy my chances if I bit him.
Mr Cooper looks like he could handle himself in a Bar Brawl - I wouldnt fancy my chances if I bit him. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 7

3:58pm Sat 16 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
wsw69 is a member of the naïve generation that believes everything they read and doesn't actually read it properly. The only fact in this article is that the individual was injured. The rest of it is what he says happened and that is just one side of the story. Of course, he may be right.

Look at the riots in the US over the "innocent" black guy shot by police. Looks bad doesn't it? One side of the story, until...press FoI requests surface the FACT that the guy had just robbed a local store. Hmmm. Not so simple is it? Wake up wsw.

An individual's circumstances are nothing to do with anyone else as long as they don't violate anyone else or sponge off them. It is completely legitimate to enquire whether that is in fact happening. Interestingly, the articles that can't be commented upon on this forum include convicted criminals and benefit fraudsters.

And wsw's last statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension that the police force is an agency of the state. If the police handler is at fault then he/she should be prosecuted for negligence and assault and they should pay the compensation.
Which naive generation am I from?

So my last statement as you have put it - 'And wsw's last statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension that the police force is an agency of the state. If the police handler is at fault then he/she should be prosecuted for negligence and assault and they should pay the compensation.'

Well, in that case, and as an example, should you end up killing someone whilst carrying out your job at your employers premises, then you should be the one being claimed from and not your employers insurers. Correct? The mop flops both ways 'Sh1t1zen Cane'

And by the way, while we are wearing our pedantic heads, it's actually wsw69.

Good afternoon
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: wsw69 is a member of the naïve generation that believes everything they read and doesn't actually read it properly. The only fact in this article is that the individual was injured. The rest of it is what he says happened and that is just one side of the story. Of course, he may be right. Look at the riots in the US over the "innocent" black guy shot by police. Looks bad doesn't it? One side of the story, until...press FoI requests surface the FACT that the guy had just robbed a local store. Hmmm. Not so simple is it? Wake up wsw. An individual's circumstances are nothing to do with anyone else as long as they don't violate anyone else or sponge off them. It is completely legitimate to enquire whether that is in fact happening. Interestingly, the articles that can't be commented upon on this forum include convicted criminals and benefit fraudsters. And wsw's last statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension that the police force is an agency of the state. If the police handler is at fault then he/she should be prosecuted for negligence and assault and they should pay the compensation.[/p][/quote]Which naive generation am I from? So my last statement as you have put it - 'And wsw's last statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension that the police force is an agency of the state. If the police handler is at fault then he/she should be prosecuted for negligence and assault and they should pay the compensation.' Well, in that case, and as an example, should you end up killing someone whilst carrying out your job at your employers premises, then you should be the one being claimed from and not your employers insurers. Correct? The mop flops both ways 'Sh1t1zen Cane' And by the way, while we are wearing our pedantic heads, it's actually wsw69. Good afternoon wsw69
  • Score: 9

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