Colchester dog attack: Community left 'in shock'

A baby was killed and another child seriously injured in the attack

A baby boy has died in an attack by a dog in Essex (Stock photo)

Friday, October 14, 2016

A community is in shock after the death of a baby boy and the wounding of another in a dog attack in Colchester yesterday. 

Emergency services were called to an address in Harwich Road at 3.10pm on Thursday to deal with reports of two children hurt in a dog attack.

They later confirmed the death of a baby boy, and Essex Police removed the dog from the property, later saying said the surviving child had been left with "life-changing injuries". 

A neighbour, who did not want to be named but was at home at the time of the incident, said: "The whole community is in shock. It's all very upsetting. You are caught off guard with these things.

"I am very upset about it all. My children saw the aftermath and are very upset.

"We suddenly saw police cars at the house and the fact that it was two children is very upsetting. The little baby couldn't have done anything. It's just so sad.

"I didn't know the family well but you look out of the window and recognise your neighbours. I just can't believe it."

Chief Inspector Elliot Judge said: "This is a tragic incident that Essex Police is investigating.

"Specially trained officers are providing support to the family at this difficult time."