Young man dies after being attacked by own dog

Flowers near the scene of the incident
Flowers near the scene of the incident

A man has died after being attacked by his own dog.

The 22-year-old was bitten by the animal in Preston, Lancashire Police said.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene in Dundonald Street but subsequently died from his injuries.

The dog, which belonged to the man, has been put down by vets.

Detective Inspector Jane Webb, from Preston CID, said: "This is a tragic incident in which a man has sadly died.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances and my thoughts very much remain with his family, who are being supported by specially trained officers at this time."

Liam Hewitson, 22, of Preston, was mauled by his dog Trigger after suffering a fit when he was at home alone, police said.

He sustained significant injuries to his face and neck and died at the scene.

In a tribute his family said: "Liam was a happy lad who was always smiling and had lots of friends. He had a beautiful personality and he will be missed by his dad Phil, girlfriend Jess and sisters Melissa and Aleisha and brother Cordell."

Police have confirmed there will not be a criminal investigation and they are treating the incident as "a tragic accident".

The dog, which was a male pit bull cross and not a banned breed, is thought to have been around five or six years old and had belonged to Liam since its birth.