Woman Visiting Grandson in Essex Killed by Dog Attack


A 68-year-old woman, Esther Martin, was fatally attacked by dogs while visiting her grandson in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences and the dogs have been euthanised. The family claims the dogs were banned XL bully dogs, however, police are awaiting breed confirmation from experts. Esther’s daughter, Sonia Martin, revealed that her son had to run out of the house screaming for help during the attack. She expressed gratitude to neighbours who attempted to fend off the dogs and help her mother. Sonia also expressed concerns about what could have happened to her son if he hadn’t managed to escape the house. The suspect’s relationship to Esther is said to be familial. Sonia recalled her mother’s love for day trips and her work at Tesco in Leyton, east London. The police praised the officers who responded to the incident for their bravery and professionalism. XL bully dogs are a large breed known for their muscular bodies and blocky heads. They are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England and Wales.

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