Dog that killed four-year-old Alice Stones yesterday was ‘family pet’

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The dog that killed a four-year-old girl in Milton Keynes yesterday was a family pet, police said. The girl has not yet been formally identified but has been named in reports as Alice Stones.

Thames Valley Police said officers were called to a house in Broadlands, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, by the ambulance service just after 5pm on Tuesday.

In an update this afternoon, Superintendent Marc Tarbit said:

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the girl who has died in this extremely tragic incident.

“Our police officers remain at the scene of this extremely tragic incident, which has shocked the whole city. If anyone wants to speak to our officers, please feel free to approach them with any questions or concerns that you may have.

“Our investigation continues at pace and we conducting a number of ongoing enquiries. However, if any members of the public have any information that can support our investigation, please visit our website or call 101, quoting reference 1546 (31/1).

“I can confirm that the dog was a family pet and was put down by police on the scene yesterday evening.

“No arrests have been made at this time.”

“There has been widespread speculation about the incident which is not helpful and is distressing for the family, who have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

“We will provide further updates when we are in a position to do so.”

Officers are now trying to establish the breed of the dog.

Thames Valley Police said it was a “tragic, isolated incident”.

The end-of-terrace home remained taped off today, with a forensic tent by the back garden and a uniformed officer and marked police van at the front of the property.

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