Five police officers have been taken to hospital after suffering multiple injuries including dog bites whilst dealing with an incident in Midlothian.
Officers raced to the scene on Shadepark Gardens in Dalkeith at around 4.10am on Thursday after being alerted by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
A woman within the property had suffered multiple dog bites and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Whilst dealing with the incident, four police officers were attacked by three dogs who were in and around the flat at the time
Two officers were bitten on the legs and arms, a third was scratched on the stomach and a fourth suffered a hand injury.
A fifth officer was also hurt after allegedly being punched in the face by a man.
All the officers were taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment alongside the man and woman.
One of the dogs was caught and placed in the back of a marked police van during the incident whilst the other two were held within the flat.
A heavy police presence, including a specialist dog unit, remained at the scene before the two animals were successfully removed from the flat at 10.30am.
Chief Inspector Arron Clinkscales, Midlothian Area Commander said: “Officers were called to an address in Dalkeith at around 4.10am on Thursday July 4 following a request of assistance from the Scottish Ambulance Service.
“Upon arrival at the property one woman was found with injuries caused by multiple dog bites and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
“Four police officers sustained injuries from dogs whilst within, and in the vicinity, of the property. A fifth officer was assaulted, sustaining a facial injury.
“The injured officers, along with the man and woman, have been taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.
“A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the incident which will be investigated with the utmost seriousness. I wish all injured parties a full and quick recovery.”
Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “This type of incident highlights the challenging and unpredictable situations that police officers can find themselves in on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
“Our thoughts are with those involved and we wish them a speedy recovery.”