A bulldog has in the early hours of today, mauled a 10-year-old boy to death at a holiday park.
Emergency services descended on Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall, just before 5am when they were alerted to reports of an ‘unresponsive’ child who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three hours later a 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in Salatash, 15 miles from the site of the boy’s death, and remains in police custody.
She was also arrested under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act which holds owner’s responsible for out of control dogs, Metro UK reports.
Officers have said that the ten-year-old was attacked by a dog, believed to be a bulldog-type breed.
Devon and Cornwall Police said:
‘The boy’s next of kin are aware and are being supported by police officers. Following this incident, searches were undertaken to locate the dog and its owner.
‘Police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Saltash just after 8am this morning in connection to this matter.
‘The dog was also located which has since been transferred to kennels. Enquiries continue into this incident.’
Manager of the park Robert Ellwood said:
‘I arrived this morning and police were already on site.
‘Due to the amount of police we knew it must be something major but we have not been told anything.
‘I have asked the police but they won’t give us any information.’
One witness said:
‘Police have been here all morning and checking what was going on.
‘There are police stopping people going in and a static caravan has been sealed off.
‘The park is effectively in lock down and we have heard there has been a fatality. It is so sad to hear a child is involved. Just awful.’
Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, said they market the county as a holiday destination for dogs and called the boy’s death a ‘tragedy’.