Women bailed after dog attack

Merseyside Police say two women arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of pensioner Clifford Clarke, who was killed when he was attacked by a dog in Liverpool, have been released on bail.

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Neighbours pay tribute to 'lovely man'

Neighbours of Clifford Clark who died following a suspected dog attack described the 79-year-old as a "lovely man".

One unnamed friend told the Liverpool Echo that Mr Clark, who was said to be a retired hospital porter, was attacked by the dog while he was cooking.

"He had put a pan of Scouse [stew] on and went to his friend’s home. When he went back the kitchen had become smokey, he opened the back door and as he opened it the dog was there and it attacked him.”

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Two women arrested for manslaughter over dog attack

Two women are being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter after a pensioner was killed by an "out of control dog", said Merseyside Police.

Clifford Clarke, 79, was in the garden of his home in Clubmoor, Liverpool, when the dog attacked at around 8.30pm last night, according to the police.

Two local women aged 27 and 28, arrested last night on suspicion of an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991, were rearrested over the more serious offence today.

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Victim 'complained about dogs' hours before attack

A 79-year-old man who was killed in his garden by an out of control dog had complained about them to a neighbour shortly before he died.

She said the victim had told her two dogs in the house next door to him had broken through his back fence. He was intending to call the police about it the next day.

He was found dead in his garden yesterday evening by police responding to a dog that was "out of control". Armed police shot one dog at the scene and took another away, according to neighbours.

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Post mortem confirms pensioner killed by dog

Merseyside Police can confirm that, following a post-mortem examination this afternoon, 79-year-old Clifford Clarke died from multiple injuries consistent with a dog attack.

Mr Clarke was attacked by a dog in the back garden of his home in Richard Kelly Close in Clubmoor, Liverpool, at around 8.30pm last night.

Two women aged 28 and 27 from Clubmoor remain in police custody having been arrested at 10pm last night on suspicion of an offence under Section 3(3) the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

They have been further arrested this afternoon on suspicion of manslaughter.

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Man who died after dog attack named as Clifford Clarke

Merseyside Police have confirmed that the 79-year-old man who died following a dog attack in Richard Kelly Close, Clubmoor, last night is Clifford Clarke.

Officers were called to an address on Richard Kelly Close just before 8.40pm on Saturday, to reports of a dog attack on an elderly man in the garden of his home.

When they arrived officers found the body of the man and they were confronted by a dog that was out of control.

Armed officers attended at the scene and the dog was destroyed.

At this stage the breed of the dog is still to be established.

Arrests under section of Act relating to private property

The section of the Dangerous Dogs Act under which two women have been arrested relates to allowing a dog to enter a private property where it is not permitted and the animal then injuring a person.

There have been calls for a reform of the Dangerous Dog Act following previous attacks

In March, a 14-year-old girl died after she was attacked by a pack of dogs at a house in Greater Manchester.

Jade Anderson was savaged by up to five dogs at a house she was visiting in Chaucer Grove, Atherton near Wigan. The animals were shot by police.

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