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Four-year-old girl dies after being mauled by dog in back garden

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    A four-year-old girl has tragically died in a savage dog attack in Milton Keynes, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

    Officers were called by an ambulance service shortly after 5pm today after reports of a dog attacking a child in the back garden of a property in Broadlands, Netherfield.

    The child was sadly confirmed to have died in the attack at the property, with officers currently still at the scene, where the dog has since been humanely destroyed.

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    No arrests have been made in connection with the investigation, and nobody else aside from the four-year-old was hurt as a result of the incident.

    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."

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    Superintendent Bullivant added that further updates would be issued "when we are in a position to do so."

    His statement continued: "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."

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