Dog attack hero faces losing her home

Sharon Brooker, 52, of Carpenter Drive, St Leonards who faces her house being repossessed
Sharon Brooker, 52, of Carpenter Drive, St Leonards who faces her house being repossessed

A HERO who was savaged by two dogs as she saved a man’s life says her home may be repossessed after being unable to work to pay her mortgage.

Sharon Brooker, 52, suffered horrific injuries during the terrifying attack in Marline Road last July.

The mother-of-three has been unable to work since and has been sent a bill for £5,000 for unpaid mortgage payments.

She has until Wednesday to pay up or face repossession proceedings.

Sharon told the Observer she had asked for help from DB Mortgages.

But the company said she had not received the necessary forms from her.

“I am the end of my tether,” she said. “I thought I was going to die in that attack. Now I may lose my home.”

Sharon’s nightmare ordeal began on the afternoon of July 22.

She was driving along the street with her daughter Claire Mosley, 21, when they saw Nigel Warman on the ground with two dogs on top of him.

Speaking to the Observer for the first time this week she said: “I could see one dog had Mr Warman by the neck pinned face down into the ground.

“The other was tearing at his leg.

“I got out to help him and kicked and punched the dogs as hard as I could.

“I got them off him but as I was getting him into the car they got hold of me.

“Claire got out the car to help me and the bigger dog jumped up and pulled her down the road on her back.

“It bit her on the arm and both legs and ripped her wrist to pieces.

“I’ve never been so frightened in my life. At one point I thought I was going to die.

“I got the dog off Claire and got her into the car. I got in and locked the doors. They were then either side of the car trying to jump at the windows.

“Nobody came to help and then they ran off.”

Spencer Brown, 22, was jailed for nine months after admitting 10 counts of owning dogs dangerously out of control in a public place.

He was also jailed for a further three months for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a private place.

Just a few weeks before the attack, Jason Griggs suffered injuries in his own home after one of the dogs called Freak bit him during a confrontation with Brown.

Last month the police apologised for mistakes made when dealing with the incident which may have prevented Freak from being involved in the July 22 attack.

Sharon and Claire spent four days at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Haywards Heath and numerous outpatient appointments.

They both won the courage award section of the East Sussex Police Divisional Awards and a BBC Community Hero award.

Sharon has been dignosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

She says she is unable to drive her bin wagon for Wealden District Council and is now working part time on light duties on a much reduced salary.

She claims she asked DB Mortgages for a payment break but has been refused.

Sebastian Howell, spokesman for the firm, said: “We have made every attempt to discuss Ms Brooker’s mortgage with her and the changes to her circumstances.

“Unfortunately we have not received the necessary information from our client and have no option but to take further action. We are committed to working with our customers and would encourage Ms Brooker to make contact with us.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd Amber has offered to help Sharon investigate the matter.