A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Chingford: Man In Court Over Dog Attack
A man's pleaded guilty to allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control after a six-year-old had part of her ear bitten off.
Gary Hindley, 56, of Woodberry Way, Chingford, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court where he admitted allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the Metropolitan Police said.
The girl also suffered injuries to her neck and shoulder when she was mauled by the animal in a park on Saturday, with her parents saying the attack had left them "totally devastated" and in "a state of shock".
Hindley has been bailed to appear before the same court on February 13 for sentencing, police said.
Police said the unprovoked incident happened at about noon at Pole Hill, Woodberry Way, in front of the girl's parents and her younger brother.
Officers and paramedics arrived at the scene soon after the attack and the girl was taken to hospital in Essex for surgery, but the dog and the man with it had left the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.
The dog is thought to be a black and white bull terrier.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Cheek of Waltham Forest Police said the "appalling incident" had left the girl with serious injuries that could scar her for life.
A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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