A young woman and her two children have been shot dead in a dog attack as police also arrest the owner for allegedly assaulting a third boy under the age of 16.
A passerby said they rushed to help after seeing the boys and their mother in their 20s covered in blood and bite marks in Ilkeston, Derbyshire on Friday.
A third boy was also allegedly assaulted and all four victims are currently receiving treatment for their injuries.
Police say they were called at 6pm to Nottingham Road to an incident in which they arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of assault, coercive and controlling behavior and being responsible for a dangerously out of control dog .
They then seized four dogs, which a witness said looked like Staffordshire Bull Terriers, which are now being cared for by a specialist kennel.
A large police presence, which included a dog removal van, was pictured on Nottingham Road, Ikeston
After being called at 6pm, police were also seen removing two dogs described as resembling Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
One person said they rushed to help after seeing the children and their mother covered in blood and bite marks in Ilkeston, Derbyshire on Friday. Pictured: Police at the scene, including a dog handler
Dangerous dog laws in the UK
What is the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits or restricts certain types of dogs and makes it an offense to allow a dog of any breed to run dangerously out of control.
It was introduced 30 years ago by Home Secretary Kenneth Baker “to rid the country of the threat of these fighting dogs” after a series of attacks.
Which dogs are banned in the UK?
It is illegal to own four breeds of dogs without a court exemption. They are:
- American pit bull terriers;
- japanese tosa
- Dogo Argentinos;
- Fila Brazileiro
The law also criminalizes crossbreeding of the above four types of dogs – meaning that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on a judgment on its physical characteristics and whether they fit the description of a prohibited “type”.
What happens in the event of a dog attack?
You can be fined indefinitely or sent to jail for up to six months if your dog is dangerously out of control.
You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
If you let your dog hurt someone, you can be sent to jail for up to five years or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone, you could be charged with “malicious injury.”
And if you allow your dog to kill someone, you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or receive an unlimited fine.
Why has the law been criticized?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Veterinary Association have protested the ban, insisting there is no scientific evidence that all individuals of a breed are dangerous.
However, Met Police data suggests that in incidents involving ‘dangerously out of control dogs’, prohibited breeds account for around a fifth of offences.
A large police presence, which included a dog removal van and a dog handler officer, was also pictured on Nottingham Road.
In a statement, a Derbyshire Police spokesman told the MailOnline this evening: ‘Officers have been called to report a […] incident in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, around 6pm last night (August 12).
“At the scene, a woman in her 20s was attacked and bitten by a dog – along with two boys under the age of 16 who were also bitten during the incident.
“A third boy, also aged under 16, was assaulted during the incident.
“A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault, coercive and controlling behavior and being responsible for a dangerously out of control dog. He remains in custody.
“Four dogs were seized at the address and are currently being cared for by a specialist kennel.
“The four victims of the incident are receiving treatment for their injuries which are not considered life threatening.”
Earlier, local newspaper, Derbyshire Live, said residents living near the Nottingham Road and Cavendish Road roundabout in Ilkeston say a dog attack took place on Friday.
And also reported that a child may have been injured in the attack, but were unable to confirm this with police.
A resident of Nottingham Road said: ‘There were lots of police cars and it looked really serious. I think they had someone in the back of a police van but I couldn’t see much.
Another added: ‘The police were next to the roundabout and they were there for quite a while. I can’t imagine how those involved must have felt.
Local reports also claim that the woman and her children were about to be evicted from their home.
In a separate incident, a 34-year-old dog walker was mauled to death by an XL Bully suspect as he strolled through a children’s park – as flowers were left at the scene of the horrific attack and that heartbroken friends and family paid tribute to the beloved local.
Ian ‘Wiggy’ Symes was named locally as a victim of the ‘brutal’ incident in Fareham, Hampshire on Wednesday morning on Friday.
Shocked locals claimed he may have been mauled to death, possibly after collapsing, while walking his dog.
Hampshire Police say a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being responsible for a dangerously out of control dog. He was released without charge but remains under investigation as investigations continue, the force added.
Ian ‘Wiggy’ Symes, 34, was walking a customer’s dog at a recreation ground in Fareham, Hampshire when he was attacked on Wednesday. Locals claimed Mr Symes may have collapsed and had a seizure before the dog he was with ‘ate’ part of his face
MailOnline understands initial inquiries suggest the dog is an XL Bully, which is not an illegal breed.
Her brother Martin visited the park, where flowers and messages were laid in tribute.
Speaking of ‘Wiggy’ he said: ‘The last 30 hours have been quite shocking and very difficult to really understand what happened and why.
‘Thank you for all the messages and tributes for my brother. It is very touching to see the flowers and the messages left on the ground.
“It’s crazy to think of all the memories I had playing football on this pitch and the laughs I had at school have just been erased from the situation that happened.”
In March this year, 17-month-old Bella-Rae Birch was killed by an XL Bully dog. The toddler had been attacked at his family’s home in St Helens, Merseyside, just a week after buying the animal.
Also this year, Joanne Robinson was mauled to death by her pet dog American Bully XL after he “went mad in the extreme heat”. The 43-year-old died at the scene of the attack at a home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Last year Welsh schoolboy Jack Lis was also killed in a savage attack by a Bully XL. The 10-year-old was playing at a friend’s house in Caerphilly in November last year when he was attacked by the dog.