XL Bully attack leaves Essex town in 'huge shock' after grandmother mauled to death

XL Bully attack leaves Essex town in 'huge shock' after grandmother mauled to death

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George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 04/02/2024

- 15:45

Esther Martin, 68, was believed to be visiting her grandchildren when the attack happened

An Essex town is in "huge shock" after a grandmother was killed by dogs, suspected to be XL Bullies.

Esther Martin, 68, was declared dead at the scene in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, on Saturday afternoon.

The family of the grandmother has said the dogs were believed to be XL Bully dogs. Investigators are yet to confirm the exact breed of the dogs.

A 39-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences remains in custody. The animals have been destroyed.

\u200bEsther Martin, 68 died after a fatal dog attack in Jaywick

Esther Martin, 68 died after a fatal dog attack in Jaywick

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Sonia Martin, 47, said her mother, a grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of three from Woodford Green in London, had been visiting her 11-year-old grandson when the incident occurred.

In a press conference held outside Clacton Police Station this afternoon, Chief Superintendent Glen Pavelin said: "Yesterday, Saturday 3 February, we were called to a house in Hillman Avenue in Jaywick after receiving reports of a woman injured there. Our officers arrived within minutes but, sadly, a 68 year old woman died at the scene.

"Although she has not been formally identified, Essex Police can name her as Esther Martin. I want to express my condolences to her family and friends, and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

"We believe Esther had been attacked by two dogs inside the house. When Essex Police officers entered the house their priority was, as always, to keep the community safe. Their unflinching bravery and professionalism ensured that there is no ongoing threat to the people of Essex as a result of this incident. Both dogs were destroyed inside the house."


Officers attended the scene last night

Officers attended the scene last night


He added: "This incident will be a huge shock to the community and I understand their concerns.

"We’ll have officers in the area throughout today so please come and speak to them if you have any information or are worried."

In England and Wales, the XL Bully breed has been added to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. It means breeding, selling or abandoning them is illegal.

A Certificate of Exemption, allowing owners to keep their XL bullies, they need to get insurance, neuter their dog, and pay a fee of £92.40.

\u200bHillman Avenue in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Hillman Avenue in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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CS Pavelin added: "I would also ask you not to speculate. We will establish the facts and we will keep the community in Jaywick updated.

"Experienced detectives are investigating this incident and you’ll see us in the area throughout today. "If anyone has any information or concerns, please come and speak to one of our officers.

"They will be pleased to help you. It’s understandable that people will have questions. If you have specific concerns about any animal that might be a risk to you or to others, you should contact us immediately.

"Finally, our thoughts remain with everyone affected by what has happened. I have seen the flowers laid down for Esther Martin as have my officers. I would like to thank all those who have come together to pay tribute to her."

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