The mother of a baby girl has wept as the inquest into her death was told how she was mauled to death by a pit bull terrier. Ava Jayne Corless was only 11 months old when she was killed at the home of her mum's boyfriend in Blackburn. The hearing continues in Blackburn.
Chloe King, mother of Ava Jayne told police in her statement made in June, that she and her daughter had stayed on occasion at Mr Wright's semi-detached home in Emily Street.
On February 10 she carried Ava-Jayne from their nearby home in Florence Street and put her to bed after feeding her.
She said: "I gave her a kiss and told her I loved her as I did every night. I told her she was my dream girl."
She checked later on her during the evening and gave her further kisses and cuddles as Ava-Jayne slept, the inquest heard, before she woke at about 11pm and then found her daughter.
She said she had not consumed any alchol or used any drugs that night.
I am absolutely devastated at what has happened. I would never have taken Ava there if I had not known what was going to happen.
"It will stay with me for the rest of my life. I would do anything to trade places with her. She is and was my beautfiul baby and I will treasure the memories.
The inquest heard a statement from a woman police constable who attended the scene and described it as "the most traumatic incident I have ever attended during my police service". The hearing continues.
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An inquest into the death of a baby girl attacked by a dog has heard how her mother kissed her goodnight and told her she loved her hours before she was mauled to death.
Ava Jayne Corless died of multiple injuries after being attacked by the dog while asleep in the upstairs bedroom of a house in Blackburn. The inquest heard evidence describing the dog as an illegal Pitt bull terrier type owned by her mother's boyfriend Lee Wright.
Inquest opens into death of baby Ava Jayne Corless who was attacked by a dog in Blackburn. Her mother Chloe King is giving evidence.
An inquest will be held into the death of a baby girl who was attacked by a dog in Blackburn.
Emergency services were called to Emily Street in February following reports that 11-month-old Ava-Jayne Corless had been injured by a dog.
A post mortem revealed she suffered 'multiple injuries'.
Superbike champion Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty has been crowned King of the Jungle in the latest series of I'm A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here! The sportsman from Blackburn described the win 'as the best thing that's ever happened to me'.
The 49 year-old was named the winner of the 2014 ITV show with Jake Quickenden the runner-up. 'Foggy' spoke to Good Morning Britain earlier.
Police are urgently trying to trace a brother and sister missing from home in Preston.
There's growing concern for Marcus Bottomley, 13, who was last seen a week ago at an address on Ribbleton Avenue and his sister, Pareece Bottomley, who is 12, who was last seen at around 4.30pm last Friday at the same address.
Marcus is described as approximately 5ft, of stocky build with short red hair and was last seen wearing a black Nike jumper and black bottoms.
Pareece is described as of slim build with red hair.
They are known to have links to the Blackburn area but may still be in Preston.
We believe Marcus and Pareece could be together and we are becoming increasingly concerned about them. If anyone has seen them or has any information about their whereabouts I would urge them to get in touch with us.
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John Noel Nichols was a Lancashire lad who invented rather a well known soft drink - Vimto.
He came up with the recipe in 1908 and nowadays it's an international brand.
Today a special plaque was unveiled in his honour so Paul Crone went to find out more: