max temp: 12°C

min temp: 1°C


Staffordshire bull terrier ordered to be destroyed after attack in Pinewood, Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 18:42 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 19:57 19 December 2017

Stock image of area of Pinewood in Ipswich where the dog attack took place. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Stock image of area of Pinewood in Ipswich where the dog attack took place. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS


An Ipswich pet owner broke down in court as magistrates ordered the destruction of her Staffordshire bull terrier which attacked a young army engineer and his dog.

Mother-of-five Tanya Shackleton, 29, allowed her Staffordshire bull terrier, Hooch, to escape from her home in Boatman Close, Pinewood, before the attack.

Scott Ratcliffe, 24, an aircraft engineer who now fears he may be medically discharged, was on his driveway in Clearwing Close, walking his German Shepherd, Cobra, when he saw Hooch running across the road, Ipswich magistrates’ court was told.

Mr Ratcliffe saw Hooch “sink his teeth” in Cobra’s back “two or three times”, prosecutor Colett Harper, reading from his victim statement, told the court.

“Cobra shook his head violently and bit (Hooch’s) leg,” Mrs Harper said. Mr Ratcliffe intervened and was bitten on his dominant left hand, and again deeper for “10 to 15 seconds”. Hooch then ran back.

Mr Ratcliffe’s knuckles were “crushed” and he underwent hospital surgery. He may never regain full control of his hand and may suffer from early onset of arthritis, the court was told.

The incident has had a “massive effect” on his life, the court heard.

Reading from his statement, Mrs Harper said: “My wife is driving me to meetings, putting on my toothpaste, and helping me get dressed. I’m grateful it was me and not my wife, or a child.”

The attack took place at 8.15pm on June 18 this year.

Shackleton, who has no previous convictions, had previously pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

Hooch had also escaped in February this year and attacked another dog, the court was told.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Hooch “is not a danger to public safety”.

She said Shackleton was “very shocked” at the incident, and said Hooch had escaped from an open window which was usually closed, due to a “nappy accident”. Her husband was away, and she did not witness the incident.

Mrs Lockwood asked for Hooch to be muzzled and put on a lead for all future walks.

Magistrates ruled that Hooch was a dangerous dog, causing “severe” injuries in this attack, and made an order for Hooch to be destroyed in 21 days.

Shackleton wept in the dock as the order was made. She was told to pay a fine of £150, £115 costs, and £100 towards a phone damaged in the attack.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

The region’s mental health trust has pledged to eradicate the use of out of area beds by 2021.

An Ipswich resident whose 
street was targeted by car vandals says she has found it hard to sleep through fear they will return.

The jury in the trial of four men accused of murdering father-of-five Dean Stansby has been hearing how evidence was collected during the investigation.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, and Chief Constable Gareth Wilson are staging a series of public meetings across the county through the coming months – and are encouraging Suffolk residents to attend.

Violent crime rose almost a third in Suffolk last year, according to latest figures.

An Ipswich man was banned from driving when he ploughed a BMW into a tree leaving his wife with possible life-long injuries.

Kare Plus had their new branch on Queen’s Street opened by Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident took place on Wellington Street, near Norwich Road, this afternoon.

Average speed cameras are now operating on both lanes of the A14 Orwell after a camera was finally replaced – four months after it was damaged in an accident.

Just short of 100 Ipswich locals are set to come together this weekend to “finish” the London Marathon in memory of 29-year-old Matt Campbell, who collapsed on Sunday with 3.7 miles left to run.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24