Councillor bitten by dog as he puts hand in letterbox

Local and European Election count at Chorley Town Council.'By election Wheelton and Withnall'Christopher France a
Local and European Election count at Chorley Town Council.'By election Wheelton and Withnall'Christopher France a
0
Have your say

A Chorley councillor was bitten by a dog while out delivering leaflets.

Labour politician Christopher France, 22, was helping fellow councillor Matthew Crow pushing Party flyers through residents’ doors in Coppull when the incident occurred last Thursday afternoon at about 1pm.

He was bitten on the middle finger of his right hand, but managed to stem the bleeding with a makeshift bandage and did not require hospital treatment.

He said: “I had my fingers in a letterbox and something decided it liked the taste of them.

“It was really painful, but I didn’t realise how bad it was at first, then I looked and saw there was blood everywhere.

“The weird thing was that it was silent, there was no barking, growling, or running at the letterbox. Normally you can hear the thing but it must have been lying in wait or something.”

Although Coun Crow originally wanted to call an ambulance, they eventually decided to hail a taxi to get home and treat the injury.

Coun France said: “Matthew wanted to go to the hospital but my mum’s a nurse and if I went there with a dog bite she’d never have heard the end of it.

“I patched it up and she had a look when she got home, and said that as long as it had stopped bleeding it was fine.

“I’ll probably have to have the bandage on for about a week, and then look at it and see how it’s healing.”

Coun France, who has two dogs of his own, says he thinks the problem may have been the fact that the front door had no window.

He said: “I couldn’t see the dog and it couldn’t see me, so that might have been something to do with it. I think the dog probably thought it was a game.

“I don’t have any idea what it was though. I don’t think it jumped up so I reckon it was probably about the height of the letterbox.”

Lancashire has one of the worst records for dog bites in the UK, and new figures revealed a 5 per cent rise in dog injuries being reported to the NHS last week.

Coun France said: “I will be more careful next time when putting my fingers in letterboxes.”