Plastic surgery for mother of Pendle MP who's fingertip was bitten off

Lancashire Telegraph: SHOCKED Ann Stephenson in hospital SHOCKED Ann Stephenson in hospital

THE mother of an East Lancashire MP is recovering in hospital after a dog bit off the tip of her finger while she was delivering election leaflets.

Surgeons were last night performing plastic surgery on Ann Stephenson, mother of Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, after the attack at a house in The Crescent, Colne.

Now the MP is supporting calls for a major reform to dangerous dogs legislation and greater protection for postal workers, paper boys and girls and all kinds of leafletters.

Because the incident happened on private property, any action taken against the dog’s owner will remain a civil matter rather than a criminal case.

Mrs Stephenson, who comes from Cheshire, said: “There was no warning notice on the gate or the house – it was quite a shock.

“I was just pushing the leaflet through the door when the dog bit the end of my finger. It took the whole nail off and the tip of my finger.

“Luckily my husband Malcolm was delivering next door and we were able to get to the hospital quite quickly.”

Initially Mrs Stephenson was assessed at Burnley General Hospital but was later transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital, which has a specialist department for skin grafts.

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MP Mr Stephenson said the attack, which happened around 12.30pm on Tuesday, was reported to Lancashire Police, but will not lead to a criminal investigation .

Mr Stephenson said: “I have been critical of the law relating to dangerous dogs a number of times before, which I believe fails to protect the public.

“Indeed I called for changes in the law in February after meeting the Police Federation, the National Dog Warden Association and the RSPCA.

“Something must be done to protect the postal workers, volunteers and the public from dangerous dogs and remind owners of their responsibilities.

“I would like to thank everyone who has sent my mother their best wishes for a speedy recovery.”

He also thanked staff at both hospitals and Burnley General’s Age UK volunteers for looking after his mother.

The MP has been backed by leaders of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has confirmed that an average of 12 postal workers a day suffer dog bite attacks.

CWU spokesman Sian Jones said: “There is a giant loophole in the dangerous dogs legislation we want to see addressed.

“You can be on a pavement, one step outside a property, and be protected by the law. But if you take one step inside the property, you have no protection.”

Pendle police Insp Phil Davies confirmed the matter had been reported to officers who were in the process of visiting the property to offer the dog owner advice.

No one could be contacted at the house to comment.

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1:48pm Thu 3 May 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

i find it strange that an MP bitten by a dog makes the headlines in the LET yet 4 weeks ago 7 Asian youths attacked 2 white boys in Walverden park Nelson and it doesnt rate a comment??
i find it strange that an MP bitten by a dog makes the headlines in the LET yet 4 weeks ago 7 Asian youths attacked 2 white boys in Walverden park Nelson and it doesnt rate a comment?? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

3:27pm Thu 3 May 12

TONY WALES says...

Well the people of this country have been telling the Prime Minister, and the MP's that we are finding it difficult to feed our families. Have they been listening NO.
As I see this incident, it is a case of the dog owner not being able to feed, not only himself, but also his dog.
So the dog will try to eat the first piece of food which he sees, in this case this ladies finger.
If prices keep rising, and people cannot afford food, soon people will start to eat each other.
So the MP's should stop the supermarkets, such as Tesco, charging prices which are too high, and allowing them to make billions of £'s, profit, and make them reduce the price of our food, and also the price of dog food.
Well the people of this country have been telling the Prime Minister, and the MP's that we are finding it difficult to feed our families. Have they been listening NO. As I see this incident, it is a case of the dog owner not being able to feed, not only himself, but also his dog. So the dog will try to eat the first piece of food which he sees, in this case this ladies finger. If prices keep rising, and people cannot afford food, soon people will start to eat each other. So the MP's should stop the supermarkets, such as Tesco, charging prices which are too high, and allowing them to make billions of £'s, profit, and make them reduce the price of our food, and also the price of dog food. TONY WALES

3:49pm Thu 3 May 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Mp's and chips for dinner
Mp's and chips for dinner Keep Darwen Green

5:44pm Thu 3 May 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I hope the dog is OK and has not caught anything nasty. I hate these people putting junk through my door as I have to pick it up and place it in my bin.
I hope the dog is OK and has not caught anything nasty. I hate these people putting junk through my door as I have to pick it up and place it in my bin. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

5:46pm Thu 3 May 12

sen c bl says...

Well, you shouldn't have bored the dog with your canvassing!
Well, you shouldn't have bored the dog with your canvassing! sen c bl

5:48pm Thu 3 May 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

What legally can be done to stop these horrible people putting litter through our letter boxes?
What legally can be done to stop these horrible people putting litter through our letter boxes? Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:46pm Thu 3 May 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

there is nothing she can do as her fingers are not ment go go through the letter box,it was only a finger nail yet she is having plastic surgery,i have lost the tips of both my index fingers
there is nothing she can do as her fingers are not ment go go through the letter box,it was only a finger nail yet she is having plastic surgery,i have lost the tips of both my index fingers everywhere is sh1t

7:49pm Thu 3 May 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
i find it strange that an MP bitten by a dog makes the headlines in the LET yet 4 weeks ago 7 Asian youths attacked 2 white boys in Walverden park Nelson and it doesnt rate a comment??
you know we are not allowed to comment where asians are concerned,this week a white benifit cheat gets locked up,2 weeks ago a asian gentelman walks free for the same offence now that is racist i do expect this comment to be removed
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: i find it strange that an MP bitten by a dog makes the headlines in the LET yet 4 weeks ago 7 Asian youths attacked 2 white boys in Walverden park Nelson and it doesnt rate a comment??[/p][/quote]you know we are not allowed to comment where asians are concerned,this week a white benifit cheat gets locked up,2 weeks ago a asian gentelman walks free for the same offence now that is racist i do expect this comment to be removed everywhere is sh1t

9:06pm Thu 3 May 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

“You can be on a pavement, one step outside a property, and be protected by the law. But if you take one step inside the property, you have no protection.” Well unless you have the owners permission KEEP OUT!
“You can be on a pavement, one step outside a property, and be protected by the law. But if you take one step inside the property, you have no protection.” Well unless you have the owners permission KEEP OUT! Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:59am Fri 4 May 12

crammedarse says...

Who decided it was a dangerous dog ?? Surely it was only trying to protect its owners propert.
Who decided it was a dangerous dog ?? Surely it was only trying to protect its owners propert. crammedarse

8:59am Fri 4 May 12

jaydel43 says...

Just 'desserts.'
Just 'desserts.' jaydel43

8:29pm Fri 4 May 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

mp's mum takes up hospital ben because of a finger tip
mp's mum takes up hospital ben because of a finger tip everywhere is sh1t

8:29pm Fri 4 May 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

sorry hospital bed
sorry hospital bed everywhere is sh1t

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