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19th May 2023

Man dies after attack by ‘dangerously out of control’ dog in Leigh

Steve Hopkins

A 24-year-old man has been arrested over the incident

A man has died after being attacked by a “dangerously out of control” dog in Leigh.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to a “concern for welfare” of a man on Westleigh Lane around 9.10pm Thursday and found that a 37-year-old man had “sustained serious injuries believed to be caused by a dog which was dangerously out of control”.

The man was taken to hospital where he died during the early hours of Friday morning.

Armed officers, GMP said, attempted to control and subdue the dog “and bring it to safety”, but due to “the significant risk the dog posed” to members of the public, it was humanely destroyed.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death.

He remains in custody for further questioning.

Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst of GMP’s Wigan district said: “Firstly, I would like to extend my condolences to the loved ones of the victim of this attack.

“Our officers and our partners are currently supporting the victim’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“We recognise this incident will rightly cause concern within the local area and we would like to reassure the public that we explored every possible avenue to protect the local community and the animal involved.

“We would urge members of the public to please come forward if they have any information in regard to this incident, any information you may have may be a huge help to our investigation.”

Members of the public are urged to report information to GMP on 101 quoting log 3769 of 18/05/2023, using the online reporting tool, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Hurst added: “This is a distressing incident which has resulted in the sad passing of a man and we are determined to ensure this does not happen again in our community.

“If you think someone has or is breeding dangerous dogs, please report it online on by calling 101.

“For more information about dangerous dogs in the UK, please visit our advice page”

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