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Boy nine who killed by dog was left alone in caravan has been named

The nine-year-old boy who was sadly killed by a dog at a holiday park has today been named by police.

Frankie Macritchie who from Plymouth was believed to be along in the caravan with a “bulldog-type breed” was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is believed that those who were looking after him were in another caravan within the Tencreek Holiday Park. It is not known what he was left alone with the dog.

Devon and Cornwall police have today Sunday 14th April 2019 named the boy who was staying within the holiday park located in Looe, Cornwall.

He had been on holiday for a number of days before he was attacked by the dog at about 5am on Saturday.

Detective Superintendent Mike West, from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “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 nine-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.”

Adding “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 a further upset.”

Three hours after the attack police arrested a woman aged 28 in Plymouth on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter, and have since released her under investigation pending further inquiries.

It is not yet clear why she was arrested three hours later within Plymouth, these details we are sure will become clear when detectives release further information.

Police have seized the dog under the dangerous dogs act with the dog being held within kennels in Cornwall.

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Trevor Sherwood is the Editor of Police Hour. Trevor studied Crime and Investigation at Teesside Uni and has a background within policing.

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