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‘Death bite’ police dog had attacked 11 times before

A POLICE dog which attacked a pensioner who later died had previously bitten 11 people or animals, an inquest was told.

But he was said to have an ‘excellent temperament’ by officers who sold him to Cleveland Police.

On his first search with his new handler Dano twice bit 73-year-old Irene Collins (pictured) who died four days later.

Assistant coroner Karin Welsh read out details of previous incidents, including when a man was bitten on the face during football disorder at Reading railway station.

Former instructor Mark Robson said he was not told of the attacks when he bought Dano from another force.

‘If we had known about the bite to the face we may never have even gone to view the dog in the first place,’ he said.

Cleveland Police now asks for all records when acquiring a dog, Teesside coroner’s court was told.

Mrs Collins was attacked on July 16, 2014, after she had allowed police searching for a drug suspect into the garden of her Middlesbrough home.

She died in hospital from lung disease but a pathologist said her death was hastened by the dog attack. The inquest continues.