Mum raises concerns as son is ‘bitten by dog’ in Cromer park
A worried mum has reiterated calls for a children's play area to be fenced off to keep dogs out after her son was allegedly attacked.
Eight-year-old Alfie Holland-Pengelly, from Cromer, claims he was bitten on the leg by an animal, described as a Collie-cross, in the town's Fearns Field on Sunday.
He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment to his injury but is said to be too scared to return to the park.
Now his mum, Jayne Holland, is calling for action to prevent a repeat after it emerged that a request for bettter fencing was first made two years ago after a seven-year-old boy was attacked by a dog in the same park.
Miss Holland, 46, said: 'I'm very angry. I'm aware that the council said they would fence off part of the park, but that was two years ago and there have been three incidents since.
'The problem is people let their dogs run off and the children's swings and things are there. Having children playing and dogs running around doesn't mix.
'At the moment Alfie is adamant he's not going back to the park because he is scared; mental scars will last a lot longer than what is on his leg.'
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Cromer Town Council has raised concerns over the state of the town's play parks, including Fearns Field.
It is currently compiling a catalogue of shame, highlighting their faults, to present to North Norfolk District Council, who are responsible for them. And high on the agenda is a request for better fencing.
Cromer mayor Tim Adams said: 'It is certainly something we will be looking to push when we hand over our report to North Norfolk District Council. We have looked at safety issues and improvements with equipment and maybe fencing can fall into that.
'Dog proof fencing is essential at Fearns Field and also desirable at The Meadow. The only park where there is a dog fence is at Nelson Heights which is owned by Norfolk Homes.'
Police confirmed they are investigating a report of a child being bitten by a dog at the play park in Cromer. A spokesperson for Norfolk Constabulary said: 'The owner or person in charge has been charged with allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.'