“All of a sudden I could feel the jaws around my arm” - Cromer beach runner bitten by out-of-control dog

Tim Cox who was biten by a dog while jogging on the beach at Cromer.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Tim Cox who was biten by a dog while jogging on the beach at Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Sabah Meddings sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk
Saturday, August 2, 2014
10:16 AM

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.

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Tim Cox who was biten by a dog while jogging on the beach at Cromer.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYTim Cox who was biten by a dog while jogging on the beach at Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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.

Tim Cox who was biten by a dog while jogging on the beach at Cromer.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYTim Cox who was biten by a dog while jogging on the beach at Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“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.

Do you think there should be more control over dogs? Write to EDPletters@archant.co.uk including your full name and contact details.

10 comments

  • Such a shame to hear of any dog attack, it is usually people to blame. The fact this poor lad was having nothing to do with the animal and got nipped is frightening. The owner is completely to blame but keep in mind if this dog wanted to seriously hurt the injury would reflect this. It shouldn't have been so far away from its owner. As for breed type casting, it is the same as racism and can lead to misplaced fears and as dogs always being kept on leads...., if a dog feels the need to react this way a lead isn't a guarantee to prevent such incidents. Again it is usually a result of bad human owners although underlying health issues can also be the cause. As for Tim, I hope he heals physically and mentally as quickly as possible from this terrible moment.

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    Stacey Hannah

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • If dogs are kept on leads in public places they are under control. If dogs are on leads their owners have no excuse for not clearing up,their mess either. When they are allowed to run off, they go and poo and the owners claim not to realise.

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    samphirelover

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Unfortunately, the vast majority of the dogs walked in Cromer seem to not be on a lead. We regularly come across dogs with no owner to be seen, when we are walking.

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    Tinkerbell

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • As the owner of two staffs who love the beach..it pains me to say i think dogs should be banned or at least kept on a lead,Arrogant owners who let there dogs run wild and do there business and not pick it up just spoil it for everyone else.

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    crabbyman

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • I certainly wouldn't want a total ban on dogs on the beach as it is a fantastic space for all to enjoy. I hope this raises awareness of situations that can occur with certain breeds of dog, especially when not supervised and clearly not suited to being around other dogs or people. I must add the fault lies solely with the owner in this case, and shouldn't tarnish the majority of responsible dog owners I see on the beach every week.

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    Tim Cox

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Dog walker is right. It's the irresponsible owners, not all dogs. same as kids. Just because some parents let their kids run wild, should we ban all kids from beaches, parks, cafes, etc? Come to think of it....!

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    weaversway

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • This is why ALL dogs should be kept on a lead in public places.

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    samphirelover

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Although I wouldn't want to see a complete ban on the keeping of dogs, perhaps a ban on dogs using our parks and beaches could be the answer, at least we could then let our children out to play without the fear of them being attacked or arriving home covered in dog mess

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    Ryan Bure

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Blister, you obviously do not like dogs!. Not all dogs and owners are uncontrollable , to ban all dogs from public places is a ludicrous sweeping statement. It's people like the owner in this story and indeed yourself that give considerate dog owners a bad name.

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    Dog walker

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Another example of an aggressive out of control dog with the owner completely unconcerned about the injuries the dog could do. Dogs should be banned from public spaces.

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    blister

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

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