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Attack on military dog at St George’s Barracks airfield between North Luffenham and Edith Weston, Rutland

A military dog and its handler were injured during a dog attack at an army base.

A dog entered the airfield at St George’s Barracks between North Luffenham and Edith Weston while a training session was underway earlier this month.

It attacked one of the military working dogs causing ‘injury and distress’ to the animal and its handler, a post on social media by a soldier at the Rutland base alleges.

Plans have been unveiled to build houses on the site of St George's Barracks.
Plans have been unveiled to build houses on the site of St George's Barracks.

An Army spokesperson said they are aware of an incident on the airfield on Saturday, April 6 but that no report was made to the police.

They added: “To ensure the safety of soldiers and military working dogs training on the airfield, there are restrictions on public access to the land.

“We engage with the local community to educate people about the restrictions and ask that they are abided by, to ensure the safety of all.”

The airfield to the east of the barracks is a military training area and should not be accessed during working hours - between 8am and 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 12pm on Fridays - or at any time when the red flags are flying.

Dogs must be under control at all times while walking on Defence Infrastructure Organisation land.

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