Pictured: The boy, nine,mauled to death by a ‘bulldog’ in caravan park

A woman who was arrested after a nine-year-old boy was killed by a dog at a holiday park has been released under investigation.Frankie Macritchie, nine, was found dead by police inside a static caravan following the dog attack at around 5am on a Saturday. He is believed to have been alone with the dog when the attack took place, while his parents and the other adults were in another caravan close by. Frankie is was also believed to have been staying with his grandmother at the site, Cornawall’s Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe.The 28-year-old woman, who has not been named but who police said was an associate of the boy’s mother, was detained on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter. Frankie Macritchie, nine, with mother Tawnee Willis in a photo posted only 20 hours ago with the caption ‘caravan life with my babes’ Frankie Macritchie, nine, with mother Tawnee Willis. He is believed to have been staying with his grandmother in a caravan when the tragic incident claimed his lifeToday, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed she was no longer being held in custody and her ‘bulldog-type breed’ pet remained in kennels while officers continued their investigations.Police also confirmed the boy and his family were guests at the caravan park from the Plymouth area.During a televised live press conference, Mike West, Detective Superintendent from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team said that the ‘dog owner was an associate of Frankie’s mother who was also at the site at the relevant times’. He added: ‘Frankie had been staying at the Holiday Park in the company of adults for a number of evenings prior to his tragic death.  Relatives leave flowers at the entrance to Tencreek Holiday Park, Looe, Cornwall today Relatives leave flowers and a cuddly toy at the entrance to Tencreek Holiday Park, Looe, Cornwall today’We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst that the adults that he was on holiday with, were in an adjacent unit. These two groups of people were all known to each other and all from the Plymouth area.’This is a desperately sad event which has seen a nine-year-old boy lose his life whilst on holiday; our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of Frankie and all of those who knew him.’I also wish to recognise those who came to his aid at the scene; members of the public and emergency services staff who had to work in deeply upsetting conditions. Frankie Macritchie, nine, was found dead by police inside a static caravan following the dog attack at around 5am on a Saturday  Frankie Macritchie with his father Billy Macritchie ‘We appreciate that this case will shock and upset the public, however, we urge the public not to apportion blame on this tragic incident, and to allow us to do our job and to fully investigate this matter.’Please do not speculate via social media. There is a good chance that this will be seen by those who knew and loved Frankie and speculation will only lead to further upset.’The woman that we arrested in connection to this matter has been released under investigation and the dog remains in kennels. We ask that those who knew Frankie are given the space needed to come to terms with what happened.’Detectives launched a search for the owner of the dog after they left the site, and eventually arrested her in Plymouth around three hours later.Tencreek Holiday Park spokesman Henry Joce said: ‘It is with profound sadness that Tencreek Holiday Park management can confirm that emergency services were called to an incident in a static caravan just before 5am on Saturday April 13. Following this incident, searches were undertaken to locate the dog and its owner. Police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Plymouth just after 8am this morning in connection to this matter but have since released her.  The dog was also located which has been transferred to kennels Police tapes cordon off a large area around static caravans at the Tencreek Holiday Park, Looe, Cornwall today, April 14, 2019 Emergency services descended on Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall, just before 5am after a ten-year-old boy was mauled by a dog The horrific attack allegedly by a ‘bulldog-type breed”Tragically, a 10-year-old child was pronounced deceased at the scene after being attacked by a dog present in the same caravan.’Clearly our thoughts are very much with the family involved – they have our deepest sympathies.’Tencreek Holiday Park staff are to be commended in the way they have dealt with a very distressing incident.’Tencreek Holiday Park management continues to help police with their inquiries.’The park will remain open offering normal service. Whilst the investigation is under way, no further statements will be made.’     A woman accompanied by a dog was later arrested on a train on suspicion of manslaughter 15 miles away in Saltash near Plymouth.  Officers were alerted to reports of an ‘unresponsive’ child who was pronounced dead at the sceneThe dog has since been transferred to kennels. Police were called to Tencreek Holiday Park after reports of the attack, with paramedics dispatched shortly before 5am.The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been staying in a static caravan at the site.  Police were called to Tencreek Holiday Park after reports of the attack, with paramedics despatched shortly before 5am A picture posted by Tawnee Willis of her son Frankie Macritchie, nine, was found dead by police inside a static caravan following the dog attack at around 5am on a SaturdayTencreek Holiday Park describes itself as ‘the number one choice for great-value touring, camping and caravan holidays near Looe and Polperro, on Cornwall’s stunning South Coast’. Three hours later a 28-year-old woman was arrested in Salatash, 15 miles from the holiday park (pictured), and remains in police custodyHolidaymakers reported hearing screaming early yesterday morning and a spokesman for the park said: ‘Emergency services were called to an incident in a static caravan just before 5am.’Tragically, a ten-year-old child was pronounced deceased at the scene after being attacked by a dog present in the same caravan.’Our thoughts are very much with the family involved. They have our deepest sympathies.’ Emergency services descended on Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall, just before 5am after a ten-year-old boy was mauled by a dogHe said the park would ‘remain open offering normal service’. The family who live in Plymouth, Devon, were regular visitors to the popular park and campsite on the Cornish coastline.One visitor called Jane said she awoke to find the park full of police. She said: ‘I spoke to the police asking if my are my kids safe and has someone come on to the site. Then we found out that it was a kid involved. It’s really eerie and horrible.’Loads of people have packed up and left. I asked to be moved to the furthest part or I would have gone too.’Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘The boy’s next of kin are aware and are being supported by police officers. Following this incident, searches were undertaken to locate the dog and its owner.’Police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Plymouth just after 8am. The dog has since been transferred to kennels. Inquiries continue into this incident.’
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