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A man who was bitten by a dog has spoken of his anger after the owner was not prosecuted.

David Philpott said he was attacked by the Great Dane when he was walking out of the Co-op store in London Road, Hilsea.

He said the dog, whose lead was wrapped around the bars outside, lunged for him and bit into his arm, puncturing the skin to the bone.

Police and ambulance were called and Mr Philpott decided to take the matter further as it could have been a child.

But he was left angered after the police told him no charges will be brought.

Mr Philpott, 44, of Farmside Gardens, Hilsea, said: 'I heard a growl and it lunged forward.

'I didn't see it because it attacked me from behind, it was really painful.

'When the dog bit me it went right to the bone and I had to pull my arm out.

'That dog should be on a muzzle. It was huge, when it stood on its hind legs it was taller than me - and I am 6ft.'

Mr Philpott says since the attack he has had recurring nightmares and won't walk to that shop any more.

He added: 'It's disgusting that I have been through this and they won't do anything.

'Police are supposed to protect the community but they are not.'

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said the statement given by Mr Philpott did not match their evidence.

He said: 'The statement the complainant provided in this incident did not correlate to evidence from an independent witness and CCTV and therefore we will not be taking further action.'