A DOG which left a Barnsley woman in hospital for five days has escaped being put down - because it is living in Scotland.

Ten-year-old Bomber, a Staffordshire bull terrier, bit Maria Ray on July 22, 2012, as she pushed her trolley between two vehicles in Asda's car park on Old Mill Lane.

She was treated at Barnsley Hospital but had to stay there for five days after the bite became infected.

After hearing about another attack when Bomber bit a woman in Manchester, Judge Sarah Wright, sitting at Sheffield Crown Court, ordered the dog be destroyed.

But the dog's owner, 48-year-old Ian Edmonds, split up with his partner who took Bomber with her to Scotland - where the court's jurisdiction does not apply.

It means the dog - which was taken in as a stray - cannot be put down as long as it stays north of the border or ends its days there.

Edmonds was given a 12-month community order and sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid community work.