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Last Updated: Monday, 25 September 2006, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Community grieves for baby girl
By Bob Walker
BBC News

Woman lays flowers
The New Parks community has paid tribute

Floral tributes and piles of teddy bears are the only reminders of the horrific events which took place this weekend inside the Rocket pub on Leicester's New Parks estate.

The pub remains closed, but cards and messages of condolence have been left in the doorway in memory of the five-month-old baby girl who was mauled to death by two Rottweilers.

The girl's parents had been looking after the pub and the two dogs in the landlord's absence.

It appears that the dogs snatched the baby from her cot and dragged her on to the building's flat roof where the attack continued. The dogs were taken away by police and were later destroyed.

A number of local people spoke of how stunned they were after hearing of the little girl's death.

James Grimbley said: "Our hearts go out to the parents of that poor baby. Everybody is so shocked at what has happened."

These dogs have been a nightmare for the last few months
Craig Sawbridge
Neighbour to pub

New Parks is a council estate to the west of Leicester city centre. Like many estates, it has its share of crime and a number of people keep dogs for security.

At least one dog owner, who is the father of a little girl, said he was considering getting rid of the family pet.

Others said the two Rottweilers had been a cause of concern for some time.

Craig Sawbridge, who lives next door to the pub, said the dogs - named Bruno and Bess - had been a nuisance for months and that his little girl was terrified of them.

He told the BBC: "These dogs have been a nightmare for the last few months, causing trouble.

"Barking, waking us up, just general disturbance, really. Most people around the area were aware of the dogs, you know, being on the roof 24/7, it's quite scary really."

Another local resident said she had been frightened by the dogs when she walked past the pub.




SEE ALSO
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