A guide to family safety around dogs

Following the death of Lexi Branson, Battersea Dogs Home have issued tips for ensuring the safety of families around dogs.

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Village to mark 25 years since Kegworth air disaster

The village of Kegworth in Leicestershire will be marking the 25th anniversary of a notorious air disaster that claimed 47 lives later today.

The wreckage of the British Midland Boeing 737 on the edge of the M1
The wreckage of the British Midland Boeing 737 on the edge of the M1 Credit: PA/PA Wire

A British Midland jet bound for East Midlands Airport crashed into the embankment of the M1 motorway as it attempted to make an emergency landing.

More than 70 of the 118 people on board sustained injuries and the tragedy led to great improvements in passenger safety.

Relatives of the the victims will leave wreaths at a memorial in the village cemetery at Kegworth.

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Hundreds of pounds donated to Lexi funeral fund

Almost £500 has been donated towards helping pay for a funeral for four-year-old Lexi Branson, who was killed in a dog attack earlier this week.

A campaign page set up on Facebook, called Lexi Fund, is appealing for donations towards the cost of a funeral for the youngster - and so far, a total of just over £473 has been pledged via PayPal.

Lexi Branson, aged four, was killed by the family bulldog
Lexi Branson, aged four, was killed by the family bulldog Credit: ITV News Central

Lexi was attacked by the family's bulldog, Mulan, at her home in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, on Tuesday and died in hospital that afternoon.

The organisers behind the page are also searching for free gifts to be auctioned off in the hope of raising more cash for the cause.

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Inquest opens into girl killed by her pet dog

Lexi Branson, 4, was killed by her pet dog at her mother's home
Lexi Branson, 4, was killed by her pet dog at her mother's home Credit: ITV News Central

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a four year-old girl from Leicestershire who died after being attacked by her family's pet bulldog.

Lexi Branson died on Tuesday after being attacked by the dog, called Mulan, in the living room of her mother's flat in Mountsorrel.

The inquest, at Loughborough Coroner's Court, heard the child was confirmed dead at 1.13pm on Tuesday after being airlifted from her home in Rowena Court to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.

Her mother Jodi Hudson formally identified her daughter's body at the hospital, the officer told the brief hearing.

Det Sgt Henry told the inquest an investigation was "ongoing" into the incident.

Post mortem tests were being carried out on Lexi's body.

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Tragic Lexi's headmaster: 'We've lost one of our family'

The headmaster at the school where four-year-old Lexi Branson was a pupil has spoken out in tribute to the youngster, who died after being attacked by the family dog.

Bereavement counsellors have been called in to speak to students struggling to cope in the wake of her death.

In a speech this afternoon, David Williams, headteacher of Christchurch and St Peter's C of E Primary School in Mountsorrel, said the whole school had been left "devastated and saddened" by the loss.

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'No plans' to extend list of banned dangerous dogs

The Government will not consider broadening the list of dogs banned in the Dangerous Dogs Act after legal dogs claimed their third victim in a year.

Lexi Branson was mauled to death in her flat in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire yesterday.

Lexi's death comes after 14-year-old Jade Anderson was mauled by four dogs, one of which was described as a "mastiff-type" breed by police, while visiting a friend in Wigan in March.

A bull mastiff-cross fatally mauled 79-year-old Clifford Clarke in May.

Lexi with the dog that is believed to have attacked her.
Lexi with the dog that is believed to have attacked her. Credit: ITV News Central

Police confirmed the animal which killed Lexi was a bulldog, which is not a breed banned under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

There are four breeds of dog banned in the Dangerous Dogs Act, the list has been criticised for being too focused.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), speaking in response to yesterday's attack, said there were "no plans to change the list of banned breeds" despite other reforms being considered by Parliament.

Expert: Dogs can be 'sensitive' this time of year

Dogs can be very sensitive at this time of year and easily upset by fireworks, a dog behaviour expert has warned.

The debate over the behaviour of family dogs has arisen again following the death of four-year-old Lexi Branson who was attacked by her family's pet dog.

Dog behaviour expert Robert Alleyne said the public needed to be reminded that a dog is an animal and you cannot absolutely be sure of any dog's nature in any scenario.

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Killer family pet was a bulldog, police reveal

The dog which attacked four-year-old Lexi Branson was a bulldog, police have revealed.

Lexi was attacked in the lounge area of her Leicestershire home yesterday afternoon.

Lexi Branson died in hospital after the attack
Lexi Branson died in hospital after the attack Credit: ITV News Central

Leicestershire Police also confirmed today that the dog died of stab wounds as Lexi's mother Jodie Hudson tried desperately to save the youngster.

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