The family of a Preston man who died in a dog attack have paid tribute.Advertisement
Liam Hewitson, 22, suffered from an epileptic fit when he was attacked by his dog called Trigger.
A statement, released via Preston Police on behalf of Liam’s family, paid tribute to their son lost in what police are describing as a ‘tragic accident’.
His family said: “Liam was a happy lad who was always smiling and had lots of friends. He had a beautiful personality and he will be missed by his dad Phil, girlfriend Jess and sisters Melissa and Aleisha and brother Cordell.
“The family have asked to be given some privacy as they have been through a truly horrific experience and they are all still very much in shock.”
The incident took place on New Year’s Day around 3.45pm in Dundonald Street, Fishwick.
Liam suffered a fit and sustained significant injuries to his neck and face during the dog attack.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene but died from his injuries.
The dog, a male pit-bull cross who was around five or six, has been put down.
Liam had the dog from birth and the pet has now been taken to a local vets and put down.
Police said the dog was not a banned breed.
They are treating the incident as a tragic accident and there is no criminal investigation.
A file is due to be passed to the coroner in due course.
Friends and family have been paying their respect to Liam.
Floral tributes line a lamppost in Dundonald Street and candles were lit on Friday night in memory to Liam.
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