FIVE people have been taken to hospital with injuries following a dog attack in a Bournemouth high street.

The ‘out of control’ dog bit one man before going on to bite another four people and two dogs.

It is reported the dog was off the lead when it began to attack people in Charminster Road close to the junction with Capstone Road.

Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene shortly after 11.40pm on Thursday evening.

Five people were taken to hospital having sustained dog bite injuries. 

The dog – a male Belgian Malinois –was later seized by officers.

A 46-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control causing injury.

He is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

The Daily Echo spoke to a Charminster Road resident who said his friend was bitten by the dog.

He said: “The dog was attacking him in the doorway of a store, and after that, he bit maybe four other people.

“He went to Bournemouth Hospital with the other people, and he has been speaking to the police officer about what happened."

The resident said he had seen around three or four police cars responding to the incident, along with an ambulance.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) confirmed they sent one double-crewed land ambulance and took a person to Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Officers investigating the incident are now appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Police constable Oliver Smith, of Bournemouth police, said: “We have been carrying out enquiries into this incident and as we have now obtained full details from the victims, I am now in a position to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230202669.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.