Man charged with allowing dangerous dog attack in Norwich appears in court

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The owner of a bulldog which mauled a nine-year-old boy in West Pottergate in early June appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court via video-link this afternoon.

Nathan Atkins, 20, of Goldsmith Street, Norwich, is facing a charge of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and to cause injury.

The white and tanned bulldog breed, named Bumbles, caused Iain De-Bozie serious injuries to his right arm at Goldsmith Street, off Dereham Road, Norwich.

Atkins appeared via video-link from HMP Norwich and will now do so again on Thursday, August 25 for the case to be committed to crown court.

Graham Mayle, prosecuting, said: “The boy was visiting the address and was then attacked by the bulldog. It was such a serious attack that the dog still had skin in its teeth when it was inspected, so this is a very serious matter.”

The youngster was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital following the attack and underwent a two-hour operation to repair the damage to his arm caused as a result of the attack.

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