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Suspected burglar considers suing police after dog bit off his ear

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    A suspected burglar fleeing the scene of a crime is threatening to sue police after a force German Shepherd chased him and bit off his ear.

    Leon Reid, 31, was left screaming in pain after the dog attacked him, but the ear was packed in ice and sewn back on later in hospital.

    The jobless burglary suspect appeared in court charged with burglary with a large white bandage over his right ear.

    He was asked if he could hear properly from the dock. "Just about," he responded.

    According to The Sun newspaper, Reid, from New Cross, South East London, is now considering suing the Metropolitan Police.

    He would most likely qualify for legal aid and could get up to £50,000 in compensation.

    A police source suggested the dog may have acted inappropriately.

    "Dogs are trained to go for arms. But when he ran, the dog felled him and went for his ear," he told The Sun.

    Reid was arrested after a series of burglaries in the area and spent four days in hospital before being brought before the courts.

    Police were called when a man was seen acting suspiciously in a back garden on Saturday night.

    A helicopter tracked the man along with police officers on foot with dogs and Reid was arrested in the grounds of Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in New Cross.

    His steps were retraced through five gardens and a rucksack was found filled with property believed to be stolen.

    Greenwich magistrates remanded him in custody to next appear in court on August 20.
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