Armed police kill out of control dog after two people attacked and bitten

A dog running rampant on a residential street has been killed after attacking two people.

Witnesses spotted armed police responding to reports of an escaped pet "acting in an aggressive manner" in Rochdale on Friday night.

Greater Manchester Police has since confirmed that the dog was destroyed "as a safety precaution" following concerns that more people could fall victim to vicious attacks.

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The Manchester Evening News reports that despite the vicious bites, no one was seriously injured in the attacks.

When officers arrived at about 9.30pm on Friday, they found that the loose dog had already bitten two people.

The dog was destroyed due to concerns about the number of people in the area and the injuries caused.

Following the incident, eyewitnesses reported seeing armed police officers at the scene.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 9.30pm last night (Friday August 6), police were called to reports of a dog loose on Morley Street, Rochdale.

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"Officers attended and found that two members of the public had been bitten by the dog who was acting in an aggressive manner.

"Unfortunately, due to the nature of the incident, the dog was humanely destroyed as a safety precaution due to the number of people in the area and the injuries caused."

The swift action to the danger posed by the dog in Rochdale comes after the nearby tragedy of three-year-old Daniel Twigg, who was mauled to death by a dog in May.

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