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Baby girl 'always smiling, always happy' say neighbours

Neighbours living near to the fatal dog attack in the Daisyfield area of Blackburn have been describing what they saw last night.

Kyle Perry, who lives on the street, said the dog involved was a bull mastiff. He said:

"I have seen it - it's pretty big."

"It chased my mum's cat across the road.

"It's not right, some poor little baby girl has lost her life..."

– Neighbour, Kyle Perry

Mr Perry said he was first alerted to the incident at around 11pm as police rushed to the house.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said:

"She was a lovely little girl, always smiling, always happy, just like her mum."

Further details are expected from police in a press conference at Greenbank police station in Blackburn at 11.30am.


Police investigate after baby mauled to death by dog

An investigation is underway following the death of an eleven month old baby in Blackburn.

At 11pm last night, police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Emily Street following reports a baby had been mauled by a dog.

The child was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but died a short time later.

The dog has been destroyed.

Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries at the scene and investigate the circumstances of what has happened.

A 26 year old man and a 20 year old woman have both been arrested and are currently in police custody.

This is a tragic incident and specially trained officers are offering support to the wider family. A full investigation is underway.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Giles


Family members sentenced for attempted kidnap of sister’s partner

Six family members who tried to kidnap their sister's partner have been jailed for a total of nearly 30 years.

Sarah Harrison was dragged by her hair and repeatedly punched as three of her girlfriend's sisters tried to bundle her into the back of a car.

Six family members sentenced to jail Credit: Lancashire police

They also threatened her with a blade and stole the 35-year-old's handbag in a bid to find out where their sister was staying.

Tamoor Ditta, 26, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap, robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and battery.

Ghazala Ditta, 31, was sentenced to five years, four months for conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap and robbery.

Atfah Ditta, 32, was given five years, 4 months imprisonment for conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap and robbery.

Nighat Morris, 39, was jailed for five years, four months for conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm, attempted kidnap and robbery

Tosif Ditta, 34, was sentenced to three years, six months for conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm.

Nayyar Mehmood, 38, was given three years, six months imprisonment for conspiracy commit actual bodily harm.

BREAKING: Six siblings jailed for attempted kidnap of sister's girlfriend


3 sisters who carried out the attack on their sister's lover sentenced to 5 years and 4 months, their brother 6 years for having a weapon.


2 sisters not part of the attack but who supported it, sentenced to 3 years 6 months.

Judge describes attack as 'brutal' and 'sustained'


Judge said this was a carefully planned ambush, it was brutal and sustained attack to force your sister to end her same sex relationship


Sentencing the judge said this case is about power and control, the attack on their sister was because she didn't want an arranged marriage


Court heard a number of the sisters have young children & regret their part in the attack on their sister's girlfriend "it got out of hand'

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