Baby boy ‘critical’ after dog attack in Hawick

A baby boy is in a critical condition in hospital after reports that he was attacked by a dog in the Borders.

Emergency services were called to an address in Burns Road, Hawick, at about 16:35 on Thursday.

The boy was taken to the Borders General Hospital before being airlifted by a trauma team to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

Police said officers remained in attendance and a spokesman said inquiries were ongoing.

Hawick house
Police in the Scottish Borders said inquiries were ongoing

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson said he believed the child was only weeks old and it “could be a matter of life and death”.

He said: “It’s an absolute tragedy and it’s going to hit the town hard.

“I don’t know the full circumstances of what happened but from what I’m hearing the child could be scarred for life.

“I was told about it with the council yesterday and I was absolutely horrified.”