Princess Anne has been fined £500 and ordered topay £250 in compensation and £148 in costs after admitting that her three-year-old English Bull Terrier Dotty bit two children, aged seven and 12, as they walked in Windsor Great Park in April this year.

Princess Anne, who is the first senior member of the royal family to be convicted of a criminal offence, appeared at East Berkshire Magistrates Court in Slough today, where District Judge Penelope Hewitt also ordered that Dotty be kept on a lead in public places and undergotraining.

The Princess, who arrived with her children and husband Commodore Tim Laurence, was summonsed under Section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Mrs Hewitt warned that Dotty would be destroyed if there were any further incidents.

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