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Full story on the dog attack

Here’s the full story on yesterday’s dog attack.

Our thoughts remain with Mr Ellam’s family at this devastating time.

Dog attack victim named as David Ellam

Dog attack victim David Ellam
Dog attack victim David Ellam (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

The man who died after being attacked by a dog yesterday has been named as David Ellam.

Victim's friend "lost for words"

A friend of the victim has spoken to the press.

Carol Hanson told the BBC: “We’re lost for words, just devastated. It had only been out for five days, why did they let that dog back out, why did they let it go when it was vicious?”

Travel update

A quick travel update. Any news on the dog attack will be brought to you here so stay with us.

West Yorkshire one of UK's worst areas for dog attacks

West Yorkshire is the fourth worst region in the UK for dog attacks, figures released last month revealed.

Some 23 people per 100,000 attended hospital with dog attack-related injuries between March 2014 and February 2015.

The county is below Thames Valley, County Durham and Merseyside - the last of which is the worst area with 27 per 100,000 injured. You can see the full report here.

This attack is the first fatality in Huddersfield from a dog attack.

Scene of dog attack on Riddings Road in Sheepridge
Scene of dog attack on Riddings Road in Sheepridge

Victim seen playing football with his dog

Reports say that police are conducting house to house enquiries on Riddings Road. A reporter has been down to speak to neighbours on the street.

Residents have said the victim, named David, was often seen playing football in the garden with his dog, a Yorkshire Terrier.

MP wants investigation into attack

MP Barry Sheerman has spoken to the Examiner about this horrendous attack. He has slammed the attack as “horrific” and has called for a full investigation to take place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Police say a referral is being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Victim's family say situation is "still very raw"

Family of the victim have spoken out following the news breaking on social media.

Keeley Berry, who says she is a relative of the victim, said: “Thank you to all the kind comments at such a traumatic time.

“As much as everyone is entitled to their opinion, my family would politely ask that people refrain from being too judgemental on these public pages by making ill-informed comments about the situation that is still very raw and unravelling day by day.

“We all understand people are shocked as many will agree that the situation was entirely preventable, but please do not make sweeping generalisations about dog breeds or handling/treatment of dogs, or the fact it would be “much worse” if it was a child killed rather than a grown man.

“It was a tragic incident that should never have happened and correct measures were not taken to ensure this situation wouldn’t arise.

“We hope that in the coming days, a true representation of what happened yesterday will come to light and end all speculation.

“At this point, there is nothing to gain from finger pointing or blaming of dangerous dogs or their owners - a man has died in one of the most horrific ways possible, and we should focus on making sure this never happens again rather than playing the blame game.”

Dog is a type of bull terrier

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said yesterday: “Police seized this animal on June 22 on suspicion it was a banned pit bull terrier breed.

“Following a screening it was determined the animal while a type of bull terrier, did not have enough pit bull characteristics to be held by authorities as a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

“It was subsequently returned to its owner on August 10.”

The dog was yesterday detained in a kennel by police. It is not known whether or not it will be destroyed.

What we know so far

Here’s is everything we know so far about the dog attack in Sheepridge yesterday:

  • Police were called to Riddings Road yesterday morning following reports a man had been attacked by a dog
  • Neighbours claim the dog had attacked after chasing the victim’s pet Yorkshire Terrier
  • The man, a 52-year-old resident named locally as David, was taken to hospital and the dog was seized
  • The dog’s owner, a 29-year-old man was arrested and has now been released on bail
  • The man was treated by paramedics and was sadly pronounced dead at 9pm last night
  • Neighbours have claimed the dog, a bitch, had been previously seized and released by police last week following suspicions it may be a dangerous breed
  • The victim’s Yorkshire Terrier was injured and has received veterinary care
  • A referral is being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)

Police confirm victim has died

We have just received this statement from police:

At 9.48 on Monday August 15, 2016, police received a call reporting that a man in his fifties had been attacked by a dog in the Sheepbridge area of Huddersfield.

Officers attended at the scene and found a 52-year old man with serious injuries.

The man was treated by paramedics and taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with potentially life threatening injuries. He was pronounced deceased at 9pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Swift of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team who is leading the investigation, said: “Clearly our thoughts go out to the family at this tragic time. They are understandably devastated by what has happened and are being supported by specially trained officers.

“Our investigation is continuing. We believe that the victim was out with his own dog at the time of the attack near to his home address on Riddings Road. His dog, a Yorkshire Terrier was also injured during the incident and received emergency veterinary care.”

The suspect dog was detained in to kennels by police.

In June this year, a dog warden visited the address following concerns from members of the public about the dog. A referral to police was made following concerns the dog may be a dangerous breed.

As a result, the same dog was seized by police and following a screening, it was determined the animal was not a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The dog was returned to its owner on August 8.

Following yesterday’s incident, A 29-year-old man, who is the owner of the dog has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A referral is being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Dog attack victim has died

We understand that the victim of the dog attack in Sheepridge yesterday has died of his injuries.

The man, who has been named as David and is in his fifties, was taken to hospital yesterday after being attacked by a dog described as a “Staffy-type”.

A man believed to be the dog’s owner has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody.

Police are expected to release a statement at some point soon.

Our thoughts and condolences are with David’s family at this terrible time.

Scene of dog attack in Sheepridge
Scene of dog attack in Sheepridge (Image: Trinity Mirror)

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Barry Sheerman wants investigation into dog attack

Barry Sheerman has spoken out about the dog attack in Sheepridge yesterday in which, according to claims on social media, the victim has tragically passed away.

The MP said: “This is a horrific attack and I hope a full investigation into how it happened will follow.”

We are still waiting to hear from West Yorkshire Police for an update on this. We will bring you any news as we get it here.

The scene of dog attack in Riddings Road, Sheepridge. A Staffy-type dog called Alex was kept in a pen to the rear of the flats in the centre of the picture.
The scene of dog attack in Riddings Road, Sheepridge. A Staffy-type dog called Alex was kept in a pen to the rear of the flats in the centre of the picture.

Hospital trust requires improvement

Here is our story on the CQC report for Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation NHS Trust.

The Trust has been warned it needs to improve following concerns over staffing and handling of complaints.

Read the full story here.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

Slow traffic in Mytholmroyd

Burnley Road between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd is currently very slow due to temporary traffic lights and carriageway repairs.

This may or may not be related to the death of motorcyclist Jacob Chothia last week.

Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd
Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd

Castle Hill

One of our readers has tweeted us this beautiful picture of Castle Hill at sunset:

M62

More M62 mayhem this morning. One lane is closed eastbound between Brighouse and Chain Bar due to a broken down vehicle. Traffic coping.

Drivers using the M62 smart motorway are saving up to 30 minutes each week as the number of people using the road increases, according to Highways England
Drivers using the M62 smart motorway are saving up to 30 minutes each week as the number of people using the road increases, according to Highways England

JK Rowling hits out at Slaithwaite wand seller

JK Rowling has tweeted her anger over a Slaithwaite shopkeeper refusing to sell his “magic wands” to Harry Potter fans.

Richard Carter owns the Mystical Moments shop on Britannia Road and hit national headlines last week after being accused of banning Potter fans from the shop.

The author of the series tweeted a link to the story over the weekend, and had this to say...

Health Trust "requires improvement"

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has been told it requires improvement, according to health watchdog the CQC.

Issues in the report published yesterday picked up on staffing shortages and the Trust’s handling of complaints, among other things.

Stay tuned as we will be bringing you more on this story.

M62

Earlier traffic on the M62 eastbound has cleared. It’s still very busy westbound at junction 18, but all lanes have been re-opened.

M62

There is now queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound at junction 29 at Lofthouse, if you’re heading that way. Seems to be building up on the exit sliproad.

M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.

Today's weather

It’s set to be a really warm day today. Highs of 21 degrees.

Huddersfield weather 16/08/16
Huddersfield weather 16/08/16 (Image: Met Office)

Dog attack victim "has passed away"

There have been reports on our social media page from relatives that the man who was victim of a dog attack in Sheepridge yesterday has tragically passed away.

We have contacted West Yorkshire Police and are awaiting a response to verify this.

In the mean time, stay with us and we will bring you any updates on this.

M62 delays

Marcus Ellis

Huddersfield’s Marcus Ellis will be competing in the badminton semi-finals at 2.40pm in Rio today as they edge closer to a medal.

Marcus and his partner Chris Langridge yesterday beat Japan.

Good luck Marcus!

Huddersfield's Marcus Ellis in action in the men's doubles badminton in Rio
Huddersfield's Marcus Ellis in action in the men's doubles badminton in Rio

Morning travel

Morning - it’s really busy out there on the roads this morning. M62 is congested eastbound at Chain Bar again, while westbound is very busy on the exit slip road at junction 18. Long queues going back to junction 20 there.

M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.
M62 motorway junction 25 near Brighouse.

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news live blog for today. Between now and 6pm we’ll bring you the latest news from our town as well as regular traffic and travel updates. Our reporters will also take a look what’s happening with Huddersfield Town and the Giants. Plus we’ll keep our eye on social media and bring you anything we think is important or interesting so you’re always the first to know. If you have a story for us you can always get in touch by emailing editorial@examiner.co.uk or you can get us on Twitter @examiner and we’re on Facebook at Huddersfield Examiner. You can also ring us on 01484 437712. If you want more news, you can visit our West Yorkshire section by clicking here. If it’s Huddersfield Town click here or for the Huddersfield Giants click here. And if you’re looking for something to do, why not click on our What’s On section here.