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9-year-old boy named after being attacked by dog in Looe

Tributes have been paid to Frankie Photo: Facebook

A 9-year-old boy who died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in Cornwall has been named.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed the victim was Frankie Macritchie from Plymouth.

Police were called to a caravan at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe just before 5am on Saturday 13 April following reports of a boy in an unresponsive state after being attacked by a dog, believed to be a bulldog-type breed.

Frankie's primary school, Riverside Community School, is opening specially this morning (15th April) between 11am and 2pm to offer support to the families of other children.

Flowers and tributes have been left at the holiday park.

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Police later arrested a 28-year-old woman in Plymouth on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter; she has since been released under police investigation pending further enquiries.

The dog has also been seized and remains in kennels.

Police say Frankie had been staying at the holiday park in the company of adults. Officers say they believe Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked.

Mike West, Detective Superintendent from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team said at the time of the incident the adults that he was on holiday with, were in an adjacent unit.

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This is a desperately sad event which has seen a 9-year-old boy lose his life whilst on holiday; our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of Frankie and all of those who knew him.

We appreciate that this case will shock and upset the public, however, we urge the public not to apportion blame on this tragic incident, and to allow us to do our job and to fully investigate this matter.

Please do not speculate via social media. There is a good chance that this will be seen by those who knew and loved Frankie and speculation will only lead to further upset.

– Mike West, Detective Superintendent from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team, Devon and Cornwall Police