“All of a sudden I could feel the jaws around my arm” - Cromer beach runner bitten by out-of-control dog
10:16 02 August 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Keen runner Tim Cox was jogging on his usual route along Cromer beach when he was attacked and bitten by an out-of-control dog.
It happened on Monday evening at about 5pm when the 36-year-old was running on the beach near Overstrand.
A dog, not on a lead, jumped up towards him and grabbed his arm, closing its jaw around his skin – leaving a nasty bruise.
Mr Cox, a former personal trainer who works in retail, said he was concerned that the owner was standing about 20 or 30ft away and did not seem to have control of his dog.
“As it came towards me it jumped up and I could feel the claws and all of a sudden I could feel the jaws around my arm. It was a shock more than anything.
“If I had been a child, that owner would have been completely oblivious to what was going on,” he said. “It was such a strong dog.”
Mr Cox went to Cromer Hospital to have the wound examined, but said he did not require any stitches or injections.
At the time of the bite Mr Cox, who lives in Suffield park, in Cromer, was wearing a raincoat, which he said cushioned the bite.
He said: “First and foremost, it is the principle. If I didn’t have that coat on it would have been a lot worse.
“I was on the beach because although I love running, I have a few back problems and it is better for me to run on softer surfaces.”
He said the dog, which did not have a collar on, was of a boxer type, but had a German shepherd shaped-head. He added: “If I saw the owner I would ask him why he wasn’t restraining his dog.”
A spokesman for Norfolk Police confirmed the incident had been reported and inquiries were continuing.
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