A woman has been left severely injured. After being attacked by a police dog at an illegal rave. Just outside Bristol leaving the force no choice but to start an investigation in to the conduct of it’s officers.
Woman mauled by police dog at illegal rave: The 28-year-old woman, Jessica Mae Andrew, was dancing at the rave. Being held in an unused warehouse in Yate. When she was attacked by the dog without provocation. The police had been called to the warehouse to shut down the illegal party. Without warning the dog attacked her, leaving her with life-changing injuries. Including serious injury to her foot and leg and broken bones.
She has undergone reconstructive surgery along with skin grafts. In an interview with The Guardian Andrew said. “I know partying is not the thing to do during a pandemic. but it was beautiful until the dog attacked me.” The police had been called at 10.30pm on 31st October to stop the party. And formed a cordon to stop any other party guests from arriving.
Although the rave lasted for 24 hours and attracted hundreds of people, the police managed to seize a generator. Close the illegal party down and arrest 8 people. Andrew went on to say “The officers opened their wall of shields up slightly and the next minute the dog was mauling the top of my leg. My leg is totally a different shape now as it pulled so much fat from the top.”
I’ve been totally traumatised and shaken up.
“But whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I’m a tough person; it’s brought all the people in my life so much closer. And though it’s hard times right now but I will eventually wear my scars with pride.” She added that “When you go to a party the last thing you think will happen is that the police will attack you.
Hopefully this happened to me so I can stand up for myself and make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else again.” The solicitor for Andrew, Iain Gould of DPP Law, has raised questions regarding the conduct of the officers. And said “There appears to be no justification at all for the dog in this case either being instructed or allowed to bite Jess. Compounded by the lack of care and control displayed by the police handler who allowed his dog to maintain its attack on Jess for so long.
My client has effectively been maimed for life, for attending a dance party.”
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