[This article will be updated as more information becomes available]
A 28-year-old dog walker has died following a dog attack in Caterham, Surrey.
Police have now confirmed that the woman is believed to have been walking “a number of dogs” at the time of the incident, which occurred in Gravelly Hill.
The incident also resulted in a second woman needing hospital treatment for dog bites. Her condition is not life-threatening, according to the police.
The police have said they have now detained eight dogs, which still remain in custody while the investigation continues.
Officers are now working with both a forensic pathologist and a veterinary pathologist, due to the nature of the incident.
Inspector Lyndsey Whatley, Borough Commander for Tandridge, said: “This is a tragic incident where a young woman has sadly lost her life and our thoughts are with her family and friends.
“I know that yesterday’s events will be of real concern to the local community and I would like to reassure residents that we are confident all the dogs involved are in the custody of police whilst we investigate the circumstances of what has happened.”
“If you have any information but have not yet spoken to police then please contact us.”
Police can be contacted quoting PR/45230004384 via:
- Webchat on their website https://www.surrey.police.uk/
- The online reporting tool https://www.surrey.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
- Or on the phone on 101
Local residents have raised concerns in the past about the number of dogs being walked in the area.
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