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A 10-year-old boy has died following reports of a dog attack near Caerphilly in Wales on Monday.
Gwent Police said they were called to an address in Pentwyn, Penyrhoel, at around 3.55pm after receiving reports the boy had been attacked and armed officers were sent to the scene.
Paramedics from the West Ambulance Service attended but the boy – who has not been named – was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack, the force said.
A 10-year-old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at an address in Caerphilly, Wales (pictured), police said tonight. The dog was shot dead by armed police officers on scene
Witnesses said at least 12 police cars as well as forensic officers were on scene this evening
Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: ‘Officers will be making further enquiries at this time and will remain at the scene as the investigation progresses.
‘It is possible that you may see ongoing police activity in Caerphilly as part of this work.
‘You may have also seen an increased presence earlier today while officers were attending the incident, but please do not be alarmed.
‘If you have concerns or information then please do stop and talk with us.’
A neighbour at the scene, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It’s so sad when someone dies but when a child is killed in such a tragic way it’s inexplicable.’
Another local resident added: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. It was horrific.’
Medics were called but the 10-year-old boy sadly died on scene. Pictured: the street tonight
Councillor Steve Skivens (Plaid Cymru) said: ‘Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young man who has lost his life.
‘We would also like to extend our thoughts to all the emergency services who attended the incident. Unfortunately an animal had to be put down
‘We await the details from the police. It’s a tragic, tragic loss of a young life.’
Forensics officers remain at the scene on Monday evening with another police car also present and several houses cordoned off as officers controlled access to the scene.
The police spokesman added: ‘Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting log reference 2100392510.
‘You can also send police a direct message on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.’
This is a breaking news story. We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Daily Mail