Bristol news Woman was 'maimed by police dog' as she danced at rave MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! A woman says she needs surgery and skin grafts after being mauled by a police dog at a rave near Bristol. Police eventually shut down the illegal party at a warehouse in Yate on October 31, which was attended by as many as 700 people and lasted almost 24 hours. Jessica Mae Andrew has now claimed that she was attacked by a police dog as she danced at the event, while her solicitor says she has been "maimed for life". In a statement shared with Bristol Live, Avon and Somerset Police has confirmed that it is investigating a "dog bite incident". WARNING: The article below contains a graphic image of one of the injuries In an interview with The Independent published yesterday (Saturday, November 21), Ms Andrew recalled being "mauled" as she was dancing. The 28-year-old told the paper: "The dog came out of nowhere, grabbed me by the thigh and pulled me to the floor." She said she was "screaming in pain" and the bite left her with "a gaping hole in my calf bigger than my fist with the bone exposed". Images published by The Independent show a woman on the floor surrounded by police with riot shields, and the blur of a police dog appearing to lunge towards her leg. The state of the warehouse in Yate used for an illegal rave at the weekend (Image: Avon and Somerset Police) In a subsequent interview with the Guardian, Ms Andrew added: “I know partying is not the thing to do during a pandemic but it was beautiful until the dog attacked me." She reportedly suffered a fractured bone and injuries requiring skin grafts, muscle grafts and reconstructive surgery, and is now seeking action against the force. 'Maimed for life' Iain Gould, a solicitor who specialises in claims against the police, has now taken on her case. He shared images with Bristol Live of her injuries, one of which was too graphic to print and showed a large chunk of her lower calf missing. The other, below, shows a tear in the inner thigh area and her foot wrapped in blood-stained bandages. An image of one of the less graphic injuries Jessica Mae Andrew says she suffered when a police dog attacked her (Image: Jessica Mae Andrew/ Iain Gould) Mr Gould said: "Jess was doing no more than dancing before the apparently out-of-control dog starting ripping open holes in her leg. "My client has effectively been maimed for life, for the 'crime' of attending a dance party. The police should be held accountable for this.
. 'Battlefield' Mr Gould, who has been blogging about the case, said: "Whilst the event was illegal, it was a dance party filled with young people having a good time, yet a small army of police officers and dogs was deployed against them. "This heavy-handed approach by the police appears to have risked turning the situation into a battlefield." The rave continued into the morning of Sunday, November 1 and saw violent clashes between some attendees and police. Officers were pelted with bottles and bricks, and body-worn cameras recorded a mob counting down before charging at police.
(Image: Avon and Somerset Constabulary)
Full response from the police A police spokesperson said: "We referred a dog bite incident involving a member of the public that occurred in Yate on Sunday 1 November to the IOPC. "The IOPC adjudged the matter was suitable to be investigated locally by Avon and Somerset Police. "That process is ongoing and will include reviewing body worn footage. Our final report will be provided to the IOPC." The Independent Office for Police Conduct is responsible for investigating serious police complaints.
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A spokesperson for the IOPC said: "We received a referral from Avon and Somerset Police after a member of the public sustained a dog bite injury in Yate. "After careful consideration, we decided the matter was suitable for local investigation by the force. "The IOPC will be provided with a copy of the force’s final report so will retain some oversight of this matter." Two organisers of the rave were slapped with £10,000 fines for breaking the coronavirus rules. Earlier this week Andy Roebuck, chair of Avon and Somerset Police Federation, revealed that the cost of policing the rave had been £64,000.
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