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Police reveal more information after fatal dog attack near Looe

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:56am 15th April 2019.

Police have revealed more information after a nine-year-old boy was killed by a dog at a Cornish holiday park.

Frankie Macritchie was on holiday from Plymouth and staying at Tencreek near Looe when it happened.

Officers have revealed that he was sleeping alone in a caravan when members of the public heard "sounds of distress".

They rushed to help but tragically the youngster could not be saved.

Emergency services say Frankie was found unresponsive at the scene and his family is being looked after by specialist officers.

Police say staff had to deal with "deeply upsetting conditions" and appreciate that it will cause shock and upset in the local community.

A 28-year-old woman, who police say is a family friend, was arrested and later released under investigation.

"Frankie had been staying at the Holiday Park in the company of adults for a number of evenings prior to his tragic death. We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst that the adults that he was on holiday with, were in an adjacent unit - These two groups of people were all known to each other and all from the Plymouth area.

"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.

"I also wish to recognise those who came to his aid at the scene; members of the public and emergency services staff who had to work in deeply upsetting conditions.

"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.

"The woman that we arrested in connection to this matter has been released under investigation and the dog remains in kennels. We ask that those who knew Frankie are given the space needed to come to terms with what happened."

Mike West, Detective Superintendent from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team

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