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Police 'welcome' report findings into baby's dog attack death

Molle Mae Wetherspoon died after being attacked by the family dog in October 2014. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire Police say they "welcome" a report in the death of a baby girl, who was brutally attacked at home by the family dog.

Molle Mae Wetherspoon died from her injuries October 2014.

A serious case review today concluded that no single professional could have prevented her death - but it highlighted "missed opportunities" by police.

The report draws attention to the fact that the RSCPA alerted officers that an aggressive dog had been taken to a local vet - three month's before Molly Mae's birth - but officers "failed to carry out any further enquiries".

Molly Mae’s mother and grandmother were jailed over the attack. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

“We welcome this important report and the findings into what was a very challenging case on a number of levels.

“Within weeks of the tragedy, Northamptonshire Police had carried out a complete overhaul of its response policy to dangerous dogs.

"The key driver for this has been to ensure that any report of a dangerous dog is responded to in line with our core aim of protecting people from harm.

“We also embarked upon a review of every dog incident in the 12 months prior to that night to ascertain whether there was any potentially dangerous dog incident that we had not reviewed or taken action against.

“Awareness around dangerous dogs is now part of the Force’s overall safeguarding training and this has been an extremely positive thing to come out of such a tragic episode.”

– Det Supt Steve Lingley, Head of Safeguarding, Northamptonshire Police

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Couple assaulted in attempted robbery in Daventry

The attack happened while the couple were walking home from a night out. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a couple were assaulted in an attempted robbery in Daventry.

A 69-year-old woman and 70-year-old man were attacked while they were walking home from an evening out.

They were approached by three other men who grabbed at the man's bag, trying to take it from him.

He managed to hold onto it, but suffered injuries to his body and head. His partner was also assaulted and suffered facial injuries.

The couple were taken to hospital for treatment and have been discharged.

It happened at the old railway path, between a wooden footbridge and Shakleton Drive, at about 1.30am.

The offenders were all men, wearing dark coloured clothes. They were aged between their late teens and early 30s. One was about 6ft tall.

"No greater punishment than loss of my precious granddaughter" says gran jailed over baby death

Susan Arcott who was jailed today after a dog attack that killed her six month old granddaughter Credit: Press Association

A grandmother jailed following the death of her granddaughter who died after a dog attack in 2014 has issued a statement on the tragedy

Along with Claire Riley the mother of six-month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon Susan Aucott, was today given a two year jail sentence.

Before sentencing Aucott said

Whatever the sentence of the Court today, there can be no greater punishment than the loss of my precious, beautiful granddaughter and watching, and experiencing first hand, the deep impact her loss has had on my daughter and all of our family.

There is no doubt in my mind that things could and should have been done differently and lessons have been learnt the hard way. But it is important for the memory of Molly-Mae that these lessons do not stop here. These lessons need to be learned far and wide. Every parent, every dog owner needs to take notice.

Please do not let Molly-Mae’s death be in vain. Her death cannot be undone but let her beautiful face and her memory live on by serving as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that could be suffered if these lessons are not learned now.

– Susan Arcott

Death of baby mauled by dangerous dog described as 'entirely avoidable tragedy'

Claire Riley who has been jailed for two years after her baby daughter was killed by a dangerous dog Credit: ITV News

The Crown Prosecution Service have described the death of a baby mauled to death by a dog as a tragedy for all concerned.

Mollie May Weatherspoon died after the attack in Daventry in 2014. Today her mother Claire Riley and her grandmother Susan Arcott was jailed for two years for keeping a dangerously out of control dog.

James Allen, Head of the Complex Casework Unit for the CPS East Midlands said:

“Molly Mae’s death was a tragedy for all concerned. Sadly, the simple truth is that her death in October 2014 was entirely avoidable.

Molly Mae’s death would not have happened if two of the people closest to her had acted, as any reasonable person would have done, and never allowed such an aggressive and dangerous dog to be in the same small house as a young and vulnerable child.

Any type of dog that is dangerously out of control, whether a breed of dog banned under the Dangerous Dogs legislation or not, can cause injury. The larger and more powerful the breed of dog, the more serious those injuries can be.

As this case tragically illustrates, young and vulnerable children can be killed by dogs regarded as family pets. The onus is on owners and people responsible for dogs to ensure that dogs are kept under contro

– James Allen, CPS

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BREAKING: Mother and grandmother jailed after fatal dog attack on baby in Northamptonshire

The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog in Northamptonshire have been given two year jail sentences.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bill at a house in Daventry in October 2014 . Mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott both admitted being in charged of a dangerously out of control dog.

Claire Riley pictured with a different dog has been jailed for two years after a fatal dog attack on her baby daughter. Credit: Agency

Campaign calls on council to cancel new canal

Protestors have marched through the centre of Daventry in Northamptonshire calling for a planned canal extension and boat lift to be shelved.

They say Daventry District Council's scheme to construct a spur from the Grand Union Canal into the town centre goes against the wishes of people living in the town who said no to the idea in a referendum.

The council says the canal, including 2 locks and a 12 metre boat lift, will put Daventry on the tourist map and attract several million extra visitors each year.

But campaigners say it will eventually lead to the building of a hotel, 2 supermarkets as well as restaurants and housing on one of the area's few remaining green spaces.

Daventry Canal Campaigners Credit: Ann Pells

Mother and Grandmother to face trial over fatal dog attack

Tributes Credit: ITV News Anglia

The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog will stand trial in June.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after an American pit bull attacked her at an address in Morning Star Road in Daventry on October 3 last year.

The estate where the dog attack happened last October Credit: ITV News Anglia

The victim’s mother, 23-year-old Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott who's 55, both from Northampton, are charged with being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury to Molly Mae, resulting in her death.

Riley was due to appear at Northampton Crown Court this morning for a plea and case management hearing. The court heard she's suffering from "anxiety disorder".

Susan Aucott appeared in court in December and entered a plea of not guilty to the same charge.

They'll both appear at Northampton Crown Court on June 7.

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