‘We’ll miss her dearly’: Tributes to lady, 85, killed by escaped canine

2021-04-04 15:39:09

The household of 85-year-old great-grandmother Lucille Downer, who was killed in a canine assault, have paid tribute to her saying “we are going to miss her dearly.”

Flowers have been laid on the scene in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, the place the pensioner died after a “sustained assault” in her backyard on Friday.

Amongst them was a bouquet with a card that reads: “RIP nan – a lot love xxx”.

Ms Downer died on the scene when two canine escaped from neighbouring premises via a gap in a fence, West Midland Police stated. 

The pensioner, who suffered a number of accidents, has been described as “candy” by neighbours, who have been “shocked” by the assault.

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A household assertion launched via West Midlands Police stated: “Lucille was a mom, grandmother and great-grandmother who spent her working years as a cook dinner at Bromford Home Care Dwelling in West Bromwich.

“Lucille was born in Jamaica and emigrated to the UK in her early twenties. Since arriving within the UK, Rowley Regis has at all times been her house and her household will miss her dearly.”

Superintendent Phil Asquith stated police have been known as to stories of a girl in misery on Friday afternoon.

Once they arrived, he stated, the 2 canine had returned to the neighbouring property and, “regardless of the most effective efforts of medical professionals, the girl died on the scene.”

The proprietor of the 2 canine, a 43-year-old man, who was arrested shortly after the incident, has been bailed pending additional inquiries.

Shortly after the arrival of police on the scene, the canine have been tranquilised and brought to close by kennels the place they’re being examined to find out their breed.

The property stays sealed off and a big police van was parked outdoors the home.

Superintendent Phil Asquith stated: “Luckily, most of these incidents are uncommon. This introduced no wider menace to the general public. It was a gap in adjoining premises in order that they weren’t operating within the streets.

“It was contained and the male who owned these canine was arrested yesterday. He has subsequently been bailed for additional inquiries while we undertake a forensic submit mortem to find out the reason for dying and to find out the breed of the canine concerned.”

<p>Flowers have been laid at the scene where Ms Downer died after being attacked by two dogs</p>

Flowers have been laid on the scene the place Ms Downer died after being attacked by two canine

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Requested what accidents the sufferer had suffered within the incident, Supt Asquith stated: “The canine can have sadly carried out a reasonably sustained assault so there have been a number of accidents, primarily brought about because of the delay in entering into the backyard.

“However the specifics of the accidents I can’t go into.”

He added that DNA samples should be taken to find out the canine’ breed, to see if they’re banned below the Harmful Canines Act, however that he couldn’t speculate. 

Further reporting by Press Affiliation

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