A YOUNG girl has suffered serious injuries after being mauled by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The attack happened at Allanbrook Barracks near Thirsk yesterday at around 5.20pm and involved a 10-year-old girl - who has not been named.

The dog was put down immediately following the attack and its owner arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act and bailed pending further enquiries.

The girl was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by ambulance with "quite serious" injuries.