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Summary

  1. Boy dies after being bitten by a dog in Halstead
  2. It happened at Parker Way yesterday evening
  3. A 29-year-old woman has been arrested following the death
  4. MP James Cleverly calls it "an absolute body blow to everybody in the town"
  5. Updates on Friday, 19 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live coverage of the fatal dog attack in Halstead has now come to an end. To recap:

    • A three-year-old boy named as Dexter Noel was killed after being mauled by a dog yesterday afternoon in Parker Way
    • A 29-year-old woman remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring a person
    • An American Bulldog has been seized by police and is currently in kennels 

    Any updates on this story will appear on the BBC News website over the weekend. 

    See you again for more live news for Essex at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Dog legislation in this country is 'ridiculous'

    K9 Magazine publisher Ryan O'Meara also told BBC Essex he thinks the current dangerous dog legislation in the UK is "ridiculous". 

    Dangerous Dogs Act

    "It tries to seek how dangerous a dog is by its breed, but you could have 90 American Bulldogs that are brilliant pets, and you could have one that has individual issues," he said.

    "I've got three dogs, two of them are the same breed, and they're all very different in temperament", he said. 

  3. American Bulldog: About the breed

    American Bulldog

    The American Bulldog is part of the bull breed family, which includes dogs such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, says K9 Magazine publisher Ryan O'Meara.

    "People then cross them, which is when we get individual and distinct breeds," he said.

    The American Bulldog does not feature on the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act list and the breed is not recognised by the Kennel Club. 

  4. 'Such sad news - thinking of you all at such a sad time'

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    More flowers with tributes have been laid by locals as news spreads about the tragic events that took place in Halstead almost 24 hours ago.

    flowers
    Flowers
  5. Police seized 7,000 dogs over five years

    Dogs seize by police stats
  6. Braintree MP says rules around dog ownership 'need to be looked at'

    James Cleverly, the Conservative MP for Braintree, has been to the scene at Parker Way, where he told the BBC he would examine the law to see how such attacks could be prevented in future.

    James Cleverly talking to police officers

    "I'm very conscious that the original Dangerous Dogs Act was brought in in response to incidents just like this and I think most people agree it was not a particularly well-drafted piece of legislation," he said.

    "I think the last thing we should do now is any kind of knee-jerk reaction, but we do need to look at the rules around dog ownership and also about how dogs are looked after - and particularly when there are children involved."

    Earlier it was revealed an American Bulldog killed three-year-old Dexter Neal in Halstead. The breed is not on the list of banned dogs.

  7. Dog bite hospital admissions on the rise

    There has been a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital for dog attacks over the past five years in England and Wales, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

    Dog bites
  8. Dexter lived around the corner from where dog attack took place

    Essex Police says dog attack victim Dexter Neal, three, lived around the corner from Parker Way in Ronald Road, Halstead.

    We are told that family liaison officers have been deployed to support the family. 

    Parker Way
  9. Government urged to 'look again' at Dangerous Dogs Act

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    Following today's news, the Blue Cross has called for the government to "look again" at the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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    Video caption: Animal welfare charity calls for government to rethink Dangerous Dog Act
  10. BreakingBreed of dog identiftied as an American Bulldog

    Police have also confirmed that the dog which killed Dexter Neal was an American Bulldog. 

    The animal, which is not on the list banned dogs, has been seized by police and placed in kennels. 

  11. BreakingBoy killed in fatal dog attack named as Dexter Neal

    A three-year-old boy mauled in a fatal dog attack has been named as Dexter Neal by police.

    More to follow. 

    Dexter
  12. Fatal dog attack: What we know so far

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here's what we know so far about the fatal dog attack in Halstead:

    • Emergency services attended Parker Way after reports a boy was attacked by a dog
    • A three-year-old boy was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he later died from his injuries
    • One neighbour said she "heard screams" but didn't associate it with anything "terrible"
    • A 29-year-old woman remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring a person
    • A police cordon remains in place
  13. 'Terrible scenes' at fatal dog attack house

    A man who dialled 999 after a boy was fatally attacked by a dog in Halstead has described the "terrible scenes" he saw. 

    Scott Nowell, 19, said neighbours gathered around a "distraught" mother as people tried to save her son. 

    The three-year-old boy later died in hospital.

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    Video caption: Man who dialled 999 after a fatal Halstead dog attack describes 'terrible scenes'
  14. Flowers laid outside Parker Way house

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    People have begun laying flowers outside the house where a three-year-old boy was mauled by a dog.

    Flowers
  15. Kennel Club 'extremely saddened' by death of boy in dog attack

    We've just received a statement from the Kennel Club on yesterday's dog attack in Halstead, in which a boy died.

    It says: "Our thoughts and deepest condolences go to his family."

    Parker Way

    We're still awaiting confirmation on what breed the dog is. However, we do know it has been seized by police.

  16. The world's press decends on a quiet Halstead

    Chris Flynn

    BBC Essex

    Parker Way, a usually quiet street, is the subject of national media attention today. 

    Press
    Press
  17. 'You can never trust a dog 100%'

    Shirley Diver
    Quote Message: We're all fairly good dog lovers round here. We've all got dogs, I have, my neighbours have, we've got children as well, but I think it's like any dog, you can never trust a dog 100%. I don't care what dog it is. I think you always have to be aware that a child and a dog don't always go together." from Shirley Diver Mayor of Halstead
    Shirley DiverMayor of Halstead
  18. Fatal dog attack: Latest pictures from Parker Way

    Thomas Magill

    BBC Essex

    Evidence bag
    Car
    Car
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