Uncle’s “devastating loss” over death of boy in dog attack

Dexter Neal
Dexter Neal
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The family of a three-year-old boy who died after being attacked by a dog have spoken of their “devastating loss”.

Dexter Neal died in hospital after being bitten at a property in Parker Way, Halstead, Essex, near his Ronald Road home, on Thursday.

David Ellam

David Ellam

A 29-year-old woman arrested for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control injuring a person, has been released on police bail.

Ashley Coe described Dexter as his “darling nephew”.

In a post on Facebook he added: “I can’t even begin to describe what state we are all in this is an absolutely devastating loss for my sister and her husband and there’s nothing I can say to them.”

The attack came just days after a 52-year-old man was killed in West Yorkshire by a dog which had been returned to its owner despite concerns that it was dangerous.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident which led to the death of David Ellam in Huddersfield on Monday.

Separately, North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident which saw a boy bitten by a dog at the Cayton Village Caravan Park in Scarborough in August 13.