Thursday, March 22, 2012
3/22/2012 11:51:00 AM live news No comments
Four of the constables were said to be in a serious but stable condition after being injured in the attack in Albert Square in Stratford, Newham, which happened when they went to arrest a suspect at around 9am.
The remaining officer suffered minor injuries.
The dog was shot dead by a specialist firearms squad following the incident and the suspect, a man aged in his 20s thought to be the animal's owner, was detained for grievous bodily harm and kidnapping.
Police said the raid was part of Operation Big Wing, a major Metropolitan police initiative aimed at wanted suspects across the capital.
Ownership of pit bull terriers was banned in Britain in 1991 following a spate of attacks by dangerous dogs.