A thief in Nottinghamshire was paid compensation after he was bitten by a police dog while being arrested, a Freedom of Information request has shown. 

He was one of six people who sued the police force for dog bites in the last three years.

The Telegraph report:

The unnamed criminal was injured when he tried to flee after being confronted by a dog handler while breaking into a vehicle in the Meadows area of Nottingham. It is believed he spent several days in hospital.

The payout came to light following a Freedom of Information request regarding people who had sued Notts Police over dog bites in the past three years. In total, over £19,000 has been paid to six claimants.

A spokesman for the force said he was unable to discuss individual cases, or comment on when the incident took place.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.