A brave passer-by leapt to the rescue to save a schoolgirl from the jaws of a savage dog which had latched onto the poor child.
Shocking video shows the moment the have-a-go hero jumped towards the dog and hit it with a bat in a bid to rescue the 11-year-old in front of panicked bystanders.
The incident, which at one point saw the beast latched onto the youngster, happened yesterday (Wednesday, September 28) at 8.30am in Mile End, East London.
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The clip begins with the young girl screaming as she is being attacked by a dog, while its owner struggles to hold back a second dog.
A passer-by is then seen struggling to free the young girl from its grasps before another good Samaritan arrived.
The second man appeared to have been driving a taxi before spotting the incident and pulling over to help out.
The heroic cabbie ran over to the mutt before rushing back to his car to get a weapon.
Video then shows him hitting the dangerous mongrel with a pole which is enough to make it finally release the girl.
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Viewers of the clip, which was shared on social media, were quick to praise the man for his intervention.
One person wrote: "Respect to the cab driver for helping. Who knows what would have happened if he wasn't there."
Another said: "Well done to that cabbie, getting out and helping."
A third added: "Fair play cabbie. The best of the best."
A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 08:31hrs to Ben Johnson Road, E1 after an 11-year-old girl was attacked by a dog.
"A member of the public intervened to free the victim.
"The owner of the dog left the scene prior to police arrival.
"The girl was taken to hospital for treatment to her hand – her condition is not life-threatening but may be life changing.
"No arrests at this time. Enquiries are ongoing."
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