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At around 1.15pm on Sunday 15 May 2022, we were called by the ambulance service responding to an incident on Carr Lane, Milnrow.

A three-year-old boy, who has been formally identified as Daniel John Twigg, was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later.

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.

Several dogs have been seized. One Cane Corso has been humanely destroyed.

Cane Corso via Cane Corso Gallery

A Cane Corso dog is an Italian breed of Mastiff and is a big animal, like all dogs they will love and respect its owner although these dogs are also used as guard dogs, they are not good around young children according to some dog owners.

Enquiries in relation to the dogs are ongoing.

After handing himself in to custody, a 48-year-old man has been arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

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 https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22P28-PO1. Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.