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22 January 2012, 12:42 | Updated: 22 January 2012, 13:20
A man's been arrested after a six year old girl had part of her ear bitten off by a dog in a park in Chingford.
The child also suffered injuries to her neck and shoulder when she was mauled by the animal at Pole Hill, Woodberry Way, E4, on the afternoon of Saturday 21 January 2012.
It happened in front of her parents and younger brother. Heart's been told she's since had to have specialist plastic surgery.
Scotland Yard said a 56 year old man walked into Chingford police station on Sunday 22 January and was arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place. The dog was seized.
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.
He added: "I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened, was in the area at the time of the attack, or noticed anything since that might assist the investigation, to get in touch as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 3276 0967 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.