The daddy of a nine-year-old boy killed by a canine whereas alone in a caravan has mentioned his “entire world has shattered into one million items”.
Frankie Macritchie was attacked by a suspected bulldog-type breed at Tencreek Vacation Park in Looe, Cornwall, within the early hours of Saturday.
Police mentioned folks ran in the direction of the caravan after listening to “sounds of misery” and tried to offer first assist however the teen died on the scene.
In a Fb submit Billy Macritchie, who was not on the journey, mentioned he felt “misplaced” with out his son and that the assault “ought to by no means have occurred”.
“My child Frankie Grey Macritchie, my entire world has shattered into one million items,” he mentioned.
“Daddy is so misplaced with out you little man I actually do not know the way I am ever gonna stay with out you.
“This could by no means have occurred. I want I might maintain you and kiss you endlessly. You’re my entire life and now your gone.
“Sleep tight my darling boy, my greatest pal, my every part.”
The incident occurred at about 5am and police later arrested a 28-year-old lady on suspicion of manslaughter and having a canine dangerously uncontrolled.
She was detained at a prepare station close to Plymouth, greater than 20 miles from Looe, and launched beneath investigation, whereas the canine was taken to kennels.
Detective Superintendent Mike West mentioned on Sunday that Frankie, from Plymouth, had been on vacation on the park with a bunch of adults and the arrested lady was a household pal.
He mentioned consultants had been attempting to work out if the canine was a banned breed earlier than any determination is taken on whether or not it needs to be put down.
“We imagine that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the canine as he was attacked, while the adults that he was on vacation with had been in an adjoining unit,” he mentioned.
“These two teams of individuals had been all recognized to one another and all from the Plymouth space.
“This can be a desperately unhappy occasion which has seen a nine-year-old boy lose his life while on vacation.”
Administration on the vacation park, positioned on the Cornish coast, supplied their “deepest sympathies” to Frankie’s household.
“Tencreek Vacation Park employees are to be counseled in the best way they’ve handled a really distressing incident,” the agency mentioned in an announcement.
“Tencreek Vacation Park administration continues to assist police with their enquiries. The park will stay open providing regular service.”
Holidaymakers hire out static caravans on the park, which additionally has pitches for tents and motorhomes, and services embody an indoor swimming pool, sports activities pitch, youngsters’ membership and a restaurant.
Malcolm Bell, from Go to Cornwall, mentioned the assault was not reflective of holidaying within the county.
“It is clearly a tragedy and your coronary heart goes out to the household and all these affected,” he mentioned.
“Sadly we do have these canine incidents throughout the entire of the nation, sadly too incessantly, and it is simply occurred to be in Cornwall this time.”