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Killer dog 'aggressive and dangerous'

The dog that mauled a baby to death in Blackburn has been described as "very aggressive and dangerous" by a neighbour, who said the animal had previously entered his garden by breaking the fence.

Locals have claimed they reported dangerous dogs at the address of the killing to police.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell said Lancashire Police are making inquiries to see whether there have been previous issues with the dog, but that "at this moment it would be too early to speculate on that".

Mother arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after dog kills daughter

Emily Street in Blackburn, where baby Ava Jayne Marie Corless was killed Credit: PA

The mother of an 11-month-old baby girl, mauled to death by a dog, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Ava Jayne Marie Corless was in bed at a house in Emily Street, Blackburn, at around 11pm yesterday when she was savaged by what police described as an American pitbull-type dog.

She was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The girl's mother has been named locally as Chloe King and the man in custody was named as Lee Wright, who is not the father of the child.

Police have not confirmed the names of those under arrest.

Neighbours claim to have made previous complaints about the dog's behaviour to police.


Postal workers union renews call for tougher dog laws

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents postal workers, has renewed its call for tougher dog laws following the death of a baby girl in Blackburn.

National officer Dave Joyce said:

"This is another tragic loss of life and demonstrates the out of control situation that we have in the UK with irresponsible dog ownership.

"There have been 23 deaths from dog attacks in the UK, the majority of which have been young children and four of these have occurred since 2005. Worryingly, there has been a sharp increase in recent years."

[...] Current arrangements are simply not good enough and the punishments do not fit the crimes. Irresponsible dog ownership can result in death, serious injury and distress and must be tackled."

– Dave Joyce, Communication Workers Union

Over 26,000 postal workers have been attacked and injured by dogs in the last six years.

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.

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