A homeless man whose Staffordshire bull terrier attacked two people in Norwich city centre while he was asleep has been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

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Shane Greef, 19, pleaded guilty at Norwich magistrates’ court yesterday to being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control and caused injury in London Street on September 17.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control in Prince of Wales Road on September 8. He had also admitted being drunk and disorderly in the Tesco car park in Aylsham on September 6.

Denis King, prosecuting, said police were called just after midnight on September 8 to Prince of Wales Road to reports that a person had been bitten by a dog.

Mr King said: “The dog had emerged from the homeless man’s blanket. The victim had bite marks on his right thigh and left leg. He was taken to the SOS Bus and then onto hospital.”

Police were again called on September 17 to reports that a dog was attacking members of the public from a doorway in London Street. Mr King added: “When a policeman approached the dog it bared its teeth and launched at his midriff. The dog bit his hand causing blistering and bruising.”

The court heard that Greef had been drunk and asleep on both occasions and no longer owned the dog which would be destroyed.

Gavin Cowe, for Greef, said the defendant had owned the dog, which was about two and a half years old, for most of its life. But it had recently been returned to him, and had changed character. Mr Cowe said: “He had made efforts to secure the dog to him via a lead on both occasions. He hopes to hear from the YMCA soon about securing accommodation. He has been addicted to heroin in the past.”

The teenager must pay £150 compensation to the man attacked in Prince of Wales Road, and was

handed a conditional discharge for 24 months. No order for costs was made.

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