No further action will be taken after a schoolboy was bitten by a Cleveland Police dog.

Fletcher was only 10 when he was targeted by a police German Shepherd in Billingham on March 3, 2016.

The young footballer thought he was being attacked by a loose dog and his family feared the young boy could have been scarred for life after the incident.

The dog was chasing a suspect who had fled through an alleyway on Farleigh Close onto a nearby playing field at the time.

10-year-old Fletcher Porritt, of Billingham, who was bitten by a police dog, Teesside
10-year-old Fletcher Porritt, of Billingham, was bitten by a police dog, Teesside (Image: Evening Gazette)

The dog was soon removed from operational duties while an investigation took place and the matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

And the force has now confirmed to Teesside Live that the investigation found “no wrongdoing” and concluded that the incident was an “unfortunate accident.”

An IOPC spokesman said: “We carried out an independent investigation into an incident in which a 10-year-old boy was bitten by a Cleveland Police dog on March 3, 2016.

“In the investigator’s opinion, the police dog’s handler acted in accordance with national guidance on the use of police dogs, and the training he had received.

“The report was shared with the force and they agreed that no further action was required.”

Fletcher, who received puncture wounds on his shoulder, soon recovered from his ordeal at his home on Denbigh Road, with mum Louise McCabe and dad, Gary Porritt.

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Last month, the inquest of Irene Collins found that the 73-year-old would not have died at the time had it not been for receiving a bite from a police dog.

Mrs Collins was attacked in her Park End home on July 16, 2014, in similar circumstances to Fletcher.

The police German Shepherd, named Dano, was unleashed throughout the search by handler PC Mark Baines while hunting for a suspect.

But shortly after, unbeknown to PC Baines, Dano entered the house and attacked Mrs Collins, causing serious injuries to her arm and leg.

She died days later.

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