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First aiders wouldn't let me see my injuries; Drama student savaged by dog.

Byline: BY LIAM MURPHY Daily Post Staff

A YOUNG woman told last night of the horrific moment a dog savaged her - biting off her top lip and part of her nose - in an attack that left her needing 80 stitches in her face.

Drama student Amy Waft, 18, from Chester, had been in the city centre with her boyfriend when the attack happened.

The young couple were sitting on a bench late in the evening towards the end of last year near the city library on Northgate Street when a man approached with a large bull mastiff type dog.

Miss Waft and her boyfriend began to stroke the dog but as she bent down, the dog bit her face and mouth.

The student, who fears she may need cosmetic surgery to repair the scarring, said: "It didn't show any signs of anger.

"My dad had just got a dog and Jamie had pointed out to me this dog was a bull mastiff. We went to speak to the guy and I asked him if the dog bit, and he said no.

"I bent down to stroke it and it bit my face. The whole top lip was bitten off, and it caught my part of my nose."

She said medics stopped her from seeing the horrific injuries at first. Later, she had been unable to continue with her acting course and dropped out of college. Now she hopes to return to Elles-mere Port's Grange campus studying performing arts in September.

She said the man had done nothing to help her and went off with his dog after the attack. "He just said he was going to get the dog put down and went off." Miss Waft received more than 80 stitches at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

She said: "I didn't see my face at this point and I wasn't allowed to look at it. They wanted to keep me in hospital but I just wanted to go home and be with my family." She now has to wait for a year to see if plastic surgery will be necessary after the injuries have been given time to heal. She said: "Other people say it's OK, but I can see the scars, and think I will need surgery for them."

The attack happened just after midnight on Monday November 28, and police have released CCTV image of the man and his dog and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

Officers investigating would like to speak to this man and are asking that he contacts PC Nick Henderson at the Neighbourhood Policing Unit based at Chester Town Hall on 01244 616008 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

liammurphy@dailypost.co.uk

I bent down to stroke it and it bit my face

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