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Ryan Merrifield & John-Paul Clark

Four-year-old girl killed after being attacked by dog in back garden

A four-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a dog.

Thames Valley Police officers were alerted to the incident at around 5pm yesterday, January 31, at a property in Broadlands, Netherfield in Milton Keynes.

Cops arrived on the scene and confirmed that the child had died, reports the Daily Mirror.

The dog has been humanely destroyed. No one else was hurt and the child’s family are being supported by specially trained cops.

It is understood that no arrests have been made. '

Superintendent Matt Bullivant said: “This is an absolutely tragic incident, in which we believe that a child has been killed after being attacked by a dog.

“Clearly, we are in the very early stages of an investigation, and it would be wrong and unhelpful to speculate as to the exact circumstances of this incident at this point.

“However, in order to ensure public safety, a decision was made earlier this evening to destroy the dog involved, and this has been done humanely.

“I understand how much of an impact this will have on the community and on the wider public, and people can expect to see a large police presence in the area this evening and beyond while our investigation continues.

“I would like to reassure people that there is no reason to believe there is any danger to the wider public at this time.

“Anyone with concerns should feel free to approach our officers and ask questions, but I urge people not to speculate about the circumstances, especially on social media platforms.

“I also understand that this case is likely to attract attention from the media. With this in mind, I would like to ask that the privacy of the family involved is respected at this very difficult time. It is impossible to imagine what they must be going through at the moment.

“We will provide further updates when we are in a position to do so.”

If you have any information about this incident that you think could help the investigation, please call 101, quoting reference number 20230131-1546.

Alternatively, you can make a report online, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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