Dog kills man, 34, in Hampshire park




  • In US
  • 2022-08-12 11:13:20Z
  • By The Telegraph
Dog kills man, 34, in Hampshire park - Ian
Dog kills man, 34, in Hampshire park - Ian 'Wiggy' Symes/Facebook  

A 34-year-old man has been killed by a dog at a park in Hampshire.

A 20-year-old man from the town has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

The attack happened at a recreation ground by a residential road in Fareham around 10.30am on Wednesday, Hampshire Constabulary said.

The victim's family have been informed. The man has been named locally as Ian 'Wiggy' Symes.

A police spokesman said: "We are speaking to people in the area and carrying out other lines of enquiry to establish how the man died.

"As part of our enquiries a 20-year-old man from Fareham has been arrested on suspicion of being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death."

"He has been released from custody without charge but remains under investigation while enquiries continue."

Dog kills man, 34, in Hampshire park - Ian
Dog kills man, 34, in Hampshire park - Ian 'Wiggy' Symes/Facebook  

Paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The recreation ground is near a mixed secondary school, a community centre, and a hockey club.

'Keep the Stella chilled'

Tributes have been left at the scene to pay tribute to Mr Symes, who was reportedly a dog lover himself.

One tribute read: "Wig, my brother from another mother, will miss you so much. Love you, fly high, keep the Stella chilled."

"Remembering the fondest memories of growing up together. It won't be the same round here with out you. Keep on strutting, lots of love," read another.

Mr Symes' brother Martin visited the park where flowers and messages have been laid at the field as a shrine.

In tribute to his brother, who was known almost universally by the nickname 'Wiggy', Martin said: "The past 30 hours have been pretty shocking and very hard to really understand what happened and why.

"Thanks for all the messages and tributes for my brother.  It's very touching to see the flowers and messages left at the field.

"Crazy to think of all the memories I had playing football on that field and the laughs I had in the school just got wiped from the situation that happened."

He added: "The facts are he was out walking a dog something he loved to do and as sad as it is least he passed away doing something he loved.

"I'm not overly religious but I do believe you go to a better place, and no doubt he'll be up there already walking his dogs.

"Back with your babies AJ and Roxy and in the loving arms of Mum and Nan."

Martin said people rushed to help his brother following the attack. He said: "The people that were on the scene from the start should be very proud of how they reacted to the situation.

"They tried their best in a very bad situation something that no one should have to be put through."

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