max temp: 15°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Felixstowe: Teenager tells of terrifying dog attack on playing field

12:26 25 January 2013

Amanda, Sapphire and Tommy Worlledge with their Siberian Husky Kaiser.

Amanda, Sapphire and Tommy Worlledge with their Siberian Husky Kaiser.


A TEENAGE girl has today spoken of the frightening moment when she and her pet dog were attacked by two others running off the lead on a playing field.


Sixteen-year-old Sapphire Worlledge and her Siberian husky Kaiser were both bitten in the incident – and both suffered infections in their wounds.

Sapphire, of Capel Drive, Felixstowe, who is studying for her AS levels at Felixstowe Academy sixth form, was walking two-and-a-half-year-old Kaiser home on his lead across Orwell Green, Grange Farm Avenue, when the incident happened.

“I had gone out a bit later than usual to walk my dog and had just got to the mound near Hall Pond Way when I could see this dog with a flashing tag approaching us,” she said.

“My dog is quite young and thinks that every dog wants to play with him.

“The owner called the other dog away and I pulled my dog away. Then the other dog started to attack Kaiser, so I pulled him up to the top of the mound.

“The owner of the other dog was running across the field and I could then see he had a second dog and that it was also off the lead.”

The second dog then joined in the attack.

“I was scared and didn’t know what to do then,” said Sapphire, who has a dad Tom and mum Amanda, and a sister Jade, 19.

She tried to pull her dog – who suffered a cut paw – away and was knocked by the other dogs but didn’t realise she had been bitten at that stage. Shortly afterwards she discovered her left hand was covered in blood, her thumb sliced, middle finger cut and palm punctured by teeth marks.

Police investigating the incident on January 8 have appealed for the owner of the dogs to come forward.

He is described as being in his early 20s, white, around 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in and of slim build. He was wearing dark clothing with a hood.

The two dogs involved were a medium-sized white short curly haired collie/spaniel type and a large labrador/retriever-sized dark brown or black dog.

Anyone who knows the man, or saw what happened, is asked to call Felixstowe police on 101.


1 comment

The area in Clarkson Street where two gangs fought on September 23

An Ipswich mother-of-two has told of how she was left terrified after getting caught up in the middle of fighting between groups of young men wielding bricks, lumps of wood and an axe.

David Acton, Hannah Hutch and Patti Love in Jane Wenham-The Witch of Walkern, which is touring Suffolk and Essex

A leading Suffolk private school has cancelled a play by an Oscar-winning and National Theatre-sponsored playwright because of fears about bad language and its subject matter which covers child abuse.

Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton's baby, Evie

The mother of a premature baby born 12 weeks early in the Dominican Republic has said they are not expecting to travel home before December.

Talented golfer William Turner, 18,  from Shoeburyness

A teenager who has been sentenced for causing the death of his best-friend will live with his actions “forever”.

Burst water main at Southway, Colchester, October 5. Picture: Jeremy Warren

A burst water main is causing gridlock in central Colchester.

Volunteers and members of the Synergy Cafe in Hadleigh. Holding the cheque are, from left, Suffolk County councillor Sarah Stamp, Andrea Pittock from Suffolk Community Foundation and Richard Whiting, mayor of Hadleigh

Cafes in Suffolk which support people with dementia and their families have won a £10,000 grant to improve the service.

The crash happened on the A14 westbound between Stowmarket and Woolpit.

Motorists have escaped injury during two crashes on the A14 today.

Police are investigating the robbery.

A man was assaulted and threatened during a robbery in Ipswich on Saturday night.

The scene of a fire at Exning Primary School. Headteacher, James Clark.

Two teenage girls have been charged with arson following a fire at Exning Primary School in September.

Staff at Sainsbury's in Bury take part in a flashmob charity Zumbathon

A Zumba flashmob caught customers at Sainsbury’s in Bury St Edmunds by surprise yesterday.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages