Teachers had to chase dogs from a playground at Hull Primary School after they escaped from a traveler site set up on nearby land.
Three Jack Russell Terriers are said to have crawled under the fence and into the play area as the children arrived at St Thomas More Voluntary Catholic Academy at around 8.45am last Friday. The travelers, who owned the dogs, reportedly arrived at St Thomas More Field the day before.
A concerned parent said a similar incident happened around age two, when a child was bitten by a dog. A number of parents have since written to Hull City Council asking them to do more to protect their children during recess.
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A parent, whose young son attends primary school, said: “I am so worried that our children are being put at risk with dogs on the loose. The Traveler community arrives at the playground next to the school At this time every year which is very well managed by the staff.
“However, on Friday my son came home and told me that three Jack Russell terriers had managed to enter the playground on Friday morning and that many of the children were very scared. It bothers me because there are About two years ago, another dog did it well on the playground and actually bit a child.
“With all this hot weather and a few more weeks before school ends for the summer, I think it’s unfair that children have to stay indoors during recess, rather than being able to go outside. This shouldn’t be dangerous for children to play at school.”
Hull City Council has confirmed that legal proceedings to evict travelers from St Thomas More Field are currently underway by the East Riding Council, which owns the land.
Nic Harne, deputy director of neighborhoods and housing for Hull City Council, said: “St Thomas More Field is owned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who will be taking legal action to evict travelers from the site.
“Our dog sitters will also be on site to offer advice and warnings. To report a dangerous dog, members of the public should call the police on 101 or contact our dog sitter service using the online form at the address hull.gov.uk.
“Hull City Council and the EYRC have worked together to better secure the St Thomas More ground. A site visit is planned next month to see what more can be done.”