A TODDLER was bitten on the arm and head by a dog.

A police hunt is now underway to find both the dog and its owner.

The three-year-old girl was playing in the park in Somercotes, Laindon when she was approached by the dog, which is thought to be a breed similar to a Pit Bull Terrier.

Suddenly it bit the toddler and then left the scene with the young girl.
The incident happened at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Witnesses can contact police at Basildon on 101.