Boy, 9, killed in dog attack at caravan park named as arrested woman is released


A nine-year-old boy killed by a dog at a caravan park in Cornwall has been named.

Frankie Macritchie, from Plymouth, was attacked by the animal – believed to be a bulldog-type breed – at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe on Saturday.

It is believed he was alone in a caravan with the dog at the time of the incident, police said.

A 28-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control has been released under investigation.

Detective Superintendent Mike West said Frankie had been staying at the holiday park with adults for several evenings prior to his tragic death.

He added: “We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst that the adults that he was on holiday with, were in an adjacent unit.

Police were called to the caravan park in the early hours
The park is a popular holiday venue

“These two groups of people were all known to each other and all from the Plymouth area.

“This is a desperately sad event which has seen a nine-year-old boy lose his life whilst on holiday.”

Mr West also thanked members of the public and emergency service workers who came to Frankie’s add “in deeply upsetting conditions”.

Emergency services tried to save Frankie after finding him unresponsive inside a caravan at the venue at just before 5am, but he died at the scene.

Officers arrested the woman near Plymouth around three hours later, while the dog was seized and remains in kennels.

Police were called to Tencreek Holiday Park
Management at the park said it would remain open as normal

Management at the holiday park, located on the Cornish coast, offered their “deepest sympathies” to his family, who police said were guests from the Plymouth area.

“Clearly our thoughts are very much with the family involved-they have our deepest sympathies,” Tencreek Holiday Park said a statement.

“Tencreek Holiday Park staff are to be commended in the way they have dealt with a very distressing incident.

“Tencreek Holiday Park management continues to help police with their inquiries.

“The park will remain open offering normal service.”

Holidaymakers rent out static caravans at the park, which also has pitched for tents and motorhomes, and facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sports pitch, kids’ club, and a restaurant.

Malcolm Bell, from Visit Cornwall, said the attack was not reflective of holidaying in the county.

“It’s obviously a tragedy and your heart goes out to the family and all those affected,” he said.

“Unfortunately we do have these dog incidents across the whole of the country, unfortunately too frequently, and it’s just happened to be in Cornwall this time.”


Source Sky News