Victim of fatal dog attack named

Liam Hewitson

Liam Hewitson

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Police investigating what caused a dog to kill its 22-year-old owner in Preston say the incident was a “tragic accident.”

The man, named today as Liam Hewitson, suffered serious injuries to his face and neck at a house in Dundonald Street yesterday and was pronounced dead at the scene despite attempts by paramedics to save him.

Two youngsters look at flowers and candles left in Dundonald Street

Two youngsters look at flowers and candles left in Dundonald Street

Officers were at the terraced property off New Hall Lane until late last night. And family, friends and neighbours laid floral tributes and lit candles in the street outside.

Police have revealed Liam was suffering from an epileptic fit when the dog attacked him.

His family have released a statement saying: “Liam was a happy lad who was always smiling and had lots of friends.

“He had a beautiful personality and he will be missed by his dad Phil, girlfriend Jess and sisters Melissa and Aleisha and brother Cordell.

“The family have asked to be given some privacy as they have been through a truly horrific experience and they are all still very much in shock.”

Ambulance staff called to the house at around 3.45pm on New Year’s Day after reports of a serious dog attack alerted police and the animal was taken away by handlers before being put down by a vet.

Officers have so far not identified what sort of dog it was, although friends on social media insisted the pet, named Tiger, was not a banned breed.

DI Jane Webb said last night: “This is a tragic incident in which a man has sadly died.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances and my thoughts very much remain with his family who are being supported by specially-trained officers at this time.”

But this afternoon a police spokesman said they were treating the incident as “a tragic accident and there is no criminal investigation. A file will be passed to the coroner in due course.”