A plucky schoolboy ‘miraculously’ escaped injury after being showered with glass by hammer-wielding thugs who smashed a window at his family home.
But a female neighbour - who was hanging out washing in her garden - is being treated in hospital for a ‘serious’ wound to her arm after being bitten by a police dog as officers chased the vandals responsible.
A 16-year-old boy - who also sustained a dog bite wound to his arm - was arrested close to the scene and was last night detained in police custody.
The incident has been referred to the Professional Standards Department at South Yorkshire Police for investigation.
Little Taylor Foy, aged seven, was watching cartoons on television when a brick was hurled through his living room window by one yob – before another in a balaclava pounded the glass pane to pieces with a hammer.
Police were called, the force helicopter was scrambled, and a fleet of patrol cars was sent to the house on Fife Street, Wincobank, Sheffield.
Taylor’s dad Davy Foy, aged 35, who saw the window being smashed from an upstairs bedroom, said: “I was screaming for Taylor to get away.
“All that was going through my mind was how injured he would be because he was so close to the window.
“They must have heard me shouting, so they knew there was a little boy here.
“It is a miracle he didn’t have a scratch on him.”
Taylor’s mum, lollipop lady Carol Denial, 35, said: “I just can’t believe how close they came to hurting my son. They could have killed him, they could have got glass in his eye.
“There was glass everywhere. He is scared to death they are going to come back.”
Davy said the attack happened after a disagreement in the street with a group of youths.
And in the police pursuit that followed, Carol added: “One of the neighbours was in her back garden, she was hanging the washing out, and she was thrown in front of the dog and she was bitten.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed: “As part of the pursuit, a 38-year-old local woman sustained a dog bite injury to her arm described as serious. The woman is receiving treatment for the wound at the Northern General Hospital.”
The spokesman said police had been called at 2.20pm on Sunday.
“Officers arrived to find a number of males fighting in the street after receiving reports a window had been smashed at an address on Fife Street,” he said.
“A number of police resources were deployed to the incident, including police dog handlers who conducted a short pursuit after the males fled the scene.
“A 16-year-old boy, who sustained a dog bite wound to his arm, was arrested nearby.
“The boy received treatment at the Northern General Hospital and is detained in police custody.
“The incident has been referred to the Force’s Professional Standards Department as a matter of routine.
“Officers are investigating the circumstances of the disturbance and subsequent pursuit.”
Carol said neighbours had rallied round.
“It’s the first time anything like this has happened to us - it has shocked the whole street,” she said.
“Everybody has been brilliant around here and offered to help.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 728 of Sunday, August 4, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.