'XL Bully dog' attacks passerby in park as police announce investigation

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Officers attended the scene near William Nadin Way

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George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 21/11/2023

- 14:32

Updated: 21/11/2023

- 15:00

An investigation has been launched by officers

An investigation has been launched after an "XL Bully" type dog sunk its teeth into a passerby in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire.

Officers are investigating the incident which took place on November 16.

Officers from the Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) confirmed they were looking to speak to two people in connection with the incident.

The dog was reported to Derbyshire police as appearing to be like an XL Bully type dog.

An XL Bully

The XL Bully Breed has been controversial (file pic)


However, at this time officers cannot be certain of the breed.

A spokesperson from Swadlincote SNT said: "SNT Officers are appealing to the public to try and identify two people of interest, in relation to a dog bite incident that took place on the November 16 2023, at around 10:15am, on the parkland off William Nadin Way.

"The dog involved is described as being an XL Bulldog type, which was medium build.

"Two people of interest who were present at the incident are described as a white female, around 40 years old, and large built.


XL Bully

The breed is set to be made illegal


​"With a man, who was again white, in his late 50’s, wearing a blue hat, a jacket, jeans and with a walking stick for a limp.

"If you know who these people are, or witnessed anything taking place, please get in touch with PC 14378 STAFFORD at SWADLINCOTE SNT, using the reference of 23*709030."

It comes after a security guard was bitten by an XL Bully dog outside Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester.

The king The dog breed has been scrutinised by campaign groups, with then Environment Secretary Therese Coffey, making it illegal to sell, breed or abandon an XL Bully from December 31.

From December 31 2023, XL bully dogs must be muzzled and on a lead in public.

It will then become illegal to own an XL bully dog from February 1 2024, unless its owner applies for their animal to be registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs.

The rules include a requirement to keep their pets muzzled, neutered, microchipped.

The dogs must also kept on a lead at all times in public.

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