Man uses steel pipe and bin to fight off pit­bull

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - New Year Honours List - By Paul Grin­nell

Aquick- think­ing Peter­bor­ough man has told howhe armed him­self with a steel pipe, and used a wheelie bin as a shield, to fight off a vi­cious dog in the street. Mau­rice Jack­son ( 69), of North Street, Stan­ground, says he wentinto ac­tion af­tersee­ing an Amer­i­can pit­bull at­tack a poo­dle be­ing walked by an el­derly woman.

He said: “I had seen the pit­bull loose in the street ear­lier and it had al­ready fright­ened five peo­ple.

“I no­ticed this el­derly lady walking her small dog - it may have been a poo­dle - and I knew the other dog would go af­ter it.

“By the time I’d got out­side thep­it­bull­hadthes­mall­er­dog’s head be­tween its teeth and was vi­ciously shak­ing it about.

“The owner of the smaller dog was shout­ing but there was­not­muchshe­coulddo. The poor woman was scream­ing.

“I picked up a piece of steel pipe to fight off the pit­bull and kept ram­ming a wheelie bin at it.

“I was really scared as the pit­bull kept coming at me. I was shout­ing so much I lost my voice.

“The in­ci­dent lasted about four min­utes a nd I man­aged to get t he pi t bull of f the smaller one three times but it just kept coming back un­til it even­tu­ally ran off. I be­lieve it is owned by some­one who lives nearby.”

A crowd of about 20 or 30 peo­ple watched the com­mo­tion, which be­gan in North Street at about 10am on Tues­day.

Mr Jack­son said: “I un­der­stand the el­derly lady took her dog to the vets but I don’t know what in­juries it had. I think it would have been killed if I had not in­ter­vened.”

Wit­ness Tim Potkins said: “There was a large group of neigh­bourscom­fort­ingth­e­lady and­her­dog. I wasjust­gladMau- rice stepped in. He was vis­i­bly dis­tressed.”

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “We were called to re­ports of two dogs fight­ing in North Street. We have spo­ken to wit­nesses and an of­fi­cer has ar­ranged an ap­point­ment with­the­vic­tim­to­day to de­ter­mine what hap­pened and if an of­fence has taken place.

Sheadded:“All in­ci­dents re­ported to the force con­trol room have to be pri­ori­tised for re­sponse.

“Those where a crime is in progress or where life is at risk, such as a se­ri­ous road col­li­sion, are given pri­or­ity. It is not clear in this case­whether­acrime­has been­com­mit­te­dor­whether­any­one was in­jured.”

Mau­rice Jack­son armed with a steel pipe and wheelie bin he used to fend off a vi­cious dog

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