Last week a very serious incident, that could have been much much worse occurred at a home just off the Bankeyfields openspace.
A child was playing outside her house when she saw a dog running towards her from the open space area. The little girl ran for her house and ran upstairs, leaving the front door open.
The dog, a Staffordshire Bull ran after and proceeded to the bite the the little girls arm. The Dad alerted to the girls screams came running to see the dog running out of the house to a group of teenage boys who left towards the Heritage Park.
The family have asked if people walking their dogs on the open space can keep their dogs on a leash or use a flexible leash if they like to run. This isn't the first incident involving dogs coming off the open space off their leads and onto their land.
This time we were lucky as the dog was just a pup and the bite marks have healed, but there are a large number of big dogs allowed around the park not on a leash. One owner allowing their Rottweiler to wonder very close to the play area reassures people that his dog is safe and won't harm you, even though he is carrying a very large stick (not a walking stick).
The Bankeyfields Residents Association will now take the matter up with the council and police to see if any enforcement and options are available.