Police seize judge’s pet dogs

Judge Beatrice Woodcock-Bolton leaving Carlisle Magistrates Court. She was found guilty of allowing her dog to attack Frederick Becker and fined �3,000.
Judge Beatrice Woodcock-Bolton leaving Carlisle Magistrates Court. She was found guilty of allowing her dog to attack Frederick Becker and fined �3,000.
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A JUDGE’S pet dogs have been seized by police after she was arrested on suspicion of failing to keep her pet under control for the second time this year.

Newcastle Crown Court Judge Beatrice Bolton, 57, was bailed by police after it was reported that a 22-year-old has been bitten by her dog on Whitton Banks, near Rothbury on June 1.

Bolton is also on bail after a postman was allegedly bitten by her German Shepherd while delivering mail in April.

And to ‘ensure public safety’ police have now removed Bolton’s two dogs.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 1.20pm on Wednesday, June 1, police received a report that a 22-year-old man had been bitten on the leg by a dog while walking in the Whitton Banks area of Rothbury.

“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and police have arrested a 57-year-old local woman in connection with the incident. She has since been bailed.

“Police have taken action to ensure public safety.”

Bolton was convicted by Carlisle Magistrates Court in December last year for failing to keep her dog, Georgina, under control after it bit her neighbour’s son Frederick Becker, then aged 20, on the leg on May 31.

A page on social networking site Facebook has been set up in Georgina’s name while a group was set-up six months ago entitled Leave Judge Beatrice Woodcock-Bolton alone.

An investigation is also under way by the Office for Judicial Complaints since her conviction last December.