Man arrested under Dangerous Dogs Act after death of boy, 3, following dog attack

Date published: 17 May 2022

A man has been arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 after a three-year-old boy -formally identified as Daniel John Twigg - died following a dog attack in Milnrow on Sunday (15 May).

Enquiries have established that Daniel was with a number of dogs in the outdoor area surrounding his home prior to being found with serious injuries. The little boy was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later.

After handing himself into custody, a 48-year-old man has been arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Several dogs have been seized and one Cane Corso, an Italian breed of mastiff, has been humanely destroyed.

Enquiries in relation to the dogs are ongoing whilst GMP has also referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to previous contact.

Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “I send my condolences to Daniel’s loved ones. This is a heart-breaking time for them, specially trained colleagues are supporting them.

“Though a man is in custody, our investigation is very much ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and ensure any criminal offences in relation to Sunday’s incident are identified and prosecutions sought.

“Meanwhile, officers are also reviewing other incidents of note. Due to previous contact, GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has referred the incident for review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.  

“We understand that this incident has had an impact on the community but we ask members of the public and the media to refrain from speculating whilst we complete our investigation and any subsequent proceedings are concluded.”

Anyone with information should share it via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey or

Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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