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Blaenavon woman jailed after dog injunction

A woman who breached an injunction banning her from keeping dogs at her home has been handed a prison sentence.

Nicola Hope, 36, of Blaenavon, Torfaen, was sentenced to 14 days in jail by Blackwood magistrates.

She first received an injunction when her Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a housing officer, who required 30 stitches.

Hope, who was a tenant with Bron Afon Community Housing, was not in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

She was handed an injunction in July which prevented her from keeping dogs at home after her dog attacked the housing officer.

Hope breached the order in December and was given a suspended prison sentence.

She was then evicted on 1 February but a week later was found to be back in the house with two dogs, including the one that had attacked the housing officer.

The court heard that she had breached her order and she was jailed for 14 days.

The injunction, which runs until July, was amended so that Hope is banned from the Capel Newydd area of Blaenavon and is not allowed to approach the member of staff who was attacked by her dog.

She is also banned from approaching any member of staff from Bron Afon and causing them to feel harassed, alarmed or distressed.

Bron Afon chief executive Duncan Forbes said: "The outcome of this case clearly shows just how serious we are about protecting the personal safety of our staff, tenants and the wider community."



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