Wednesday 16 October 2019

Women released after dog kills pensioner (79)

Pat Hurst

Two women arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the dog-attack death of a pensioner have been released on bail.

Clifford Clarke, 79, was in the garden of his home in Clubmoor, Liverpool, when he was mauled by an "out of control" dog on Saturday evening.

Two local women, aged 28 and 27, were being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act - having an out of control dog.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said both suspects had now been bailed while police make further inquiries.

Merseyside Police said their investigation into the death of Mr Clarke is still ongoing and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Officers were called shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday and found Mr Clarke lying on the ground with the animal nearby.

An armed unit was called in to shoot the dog.

A friend of Mr Clarke suggested he could have been attacked because the dog could smell the food he was cooking for his dinner.

It was also suggested Mr Clarke had complained about the dog only the day before, and intended to report it to the police.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said a post-mortem examination showed Mr Clarke died from "multiple injuries consistent with a dog attack".

"His next of kin and a family member have both now been informed of his death and family liaison officers have been appointed to provide support and updates regarding the police investigation," he said.

The breed of the dog has yet to be established.

In March a 14-year-old girl died after she was attacked by a pack of dogs at a house in Greater Manchester.

Jade Anderson was savaged by up to five dogs at a house she was visiting in Chaucer Grove, Atherton near Wigan.

The animals were shot by police.

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