Tragic girl, 4, mauled to death in brutal dog attack as she played in garden

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    The four-year-old girl who tragically died after being mauled by a dog in Milton Keynes has been named.

    Alice Stones was attacked in her back garden around 5pm yesterday (Tuesday, January 31). Police were called to the scene by the ambulance service just after 5pm.

    Police shot the dog after the attack. Tragically, Alice was pronounced dead at the property in the Netherfield area.

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    Police evacuated residents for fear the hound would escape before they could corner and shoot it.

    Neighbours have now spoken about the horrifying incident.

    One neighbour told The Sun: “We heard desperate screams last night. I heard ‘she’s dead! She’s dead!

    “It sounded like Louise shouting. They were piercing screams.

    “They’ll stay with me forever. It was a nightmare. I’m heartbroken. They will haunt me.

    “There is a dog there, it’s a big brown dog. I’ve only seen it at the house.”

    A video from the scene showed a police officer desperately asking locals to get away from the house.

    In it the officer says: "If this dog gets out, somebody is going to get hurt."

    It is thought the family had only had the hound for six weeks.

    "I understand how much of an impact this will have on the community and on the wider public, and people can expect to see a large police presence in the area this evening and beyond while our investigation continues," Supt Matt Bullivant said on Tuesday.

    "I would like to reassure people that there is no reason to believe there is any danger to the wider public.

    "Anyone with concerns should feel free to approach our officers and ask questions, but I urge people not to speculate about the circumstances, especially on social media platforms."

    Police said no one else was hurt and the girl's family is being supported by officers. They remain at the scene today (Wednesday, February 1) as their investigations continue.

    No arrests have been made.

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