A senior policeman has praised officers and members of the public for their “unflinching bravery” as they attempted to save a 68-year-old grandmother who was savaged to death by two dogs.
Essex Police said Esther Martin, from Woodford Green in London, was attacked at a property in Hillman Avenue in Jaywick on Saturday afternoon.
Police arrived “within minutes” but despite the efforts of six officers as well as by members of the public, Ms Martin, who was visiting her 11-year-old grandson, died at the scene.
Chief Superintendent Glen Pavelin, of Essex Police, told reporters outside Clacton police station there was a “familial relationship” between the victim and a 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences.
He said: “I want to express my condolences to her family and friends, and we’ve got specially-trained officers supporting them.”
Paying tribute to officers and local residents, he said: “When six police officers entered the house, their priority was, as always, to keep their community safe.
“Their unflinching bravery and professionalism ensured that there is no ongoing threat to the people of Essex, both dogs were destroyed inside the house.
“I would also like to thank local people who tried to get into the house to help Esther Martin, you should be proud.”
The victim’s daughter, Sonia Martin, from Chesterfield, told MailOnline the dogs involved were XL bullies, a breed banned by the Government from the start of this month.
She said: “They were XL bullies. There were eight of them in the house, six puppies and two adults.
“Her grandson was in the house. He came running out shouting for help. We would like to thank all the neighbours who tried to help our mum.”
Mr Pavelin declined to comment on the breed of the dogs.
He said: “I know there is speculation about the breed of the dogs involved and we are working with experts to establish this.
“I would ask you not to speculate, we will establish the facts and we will keep the community of Jaywick updated.”
He added he had not been informed of any information about previous complaints made about the dogs involved in the incident.
Mr Pavelin said the suspect, who is from Jaywick, remains in custody for questioning.
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