POLICE are reminding dog owners to keep their dogs under control following an incident in Sudbury.

A toddler was knocked over by a boisterous puppy which wanted the food the child was holding.

Suffolk Police have also reported incidents of children being bitten in Ipswich and an elderly woman in Haverhill required medical treatment after sustaining a more serious dog bite.

A spokesman from Suffolk Police said: "While it isn't necessary for dogs to be on a leash at all times, dogs must be kept on a lead in designated pedestrian zones and on land where livestock is present."

Police are urging dog owners to be mindful of their surroundings and are reminding them that they are responsible for any damage the dog in their care may commit.

For more information regarding responsible dog ownership please refer to the Suffolk Police website www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/dangerousdogs_1.pdf