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Girl dies after attack by dog
A young girl who died after being bitten by a dog in Leicestershire has been named locally.
Neighbours said Lexi was a friendly four-year-old who played outside her home in Rowena Court in Mountsorrel where she lived with her mother Jodi Hudson.
Leicestershire Police said officers were called to a flat at about 12.15pm following a report of a young girl being attacked by a dog, thought to be the family pet.
A spokesman said the youngster was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, where she died.
The dog died shortly after the attack in the quiet cul-de-sac in Mountsorrel, a town between Leicester and Loughborough.
Arthur Nash, who lives on Rowena Court, said: "Everybody is in shock at the moment with Lexi dying.
"When I saw an ambulance pull up I thought it was an old lady on the court who had had a heart attack, and then the neighbour came up and said she had been killed by the dog. We're in shock.
"The family has a similar sort of thing to the dogs that have been going off lately, similar to the dangerous dogs. I'm not saying it was dangerous but it looked a similar dog. I think the girl was probably about five-years-old."
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: " We've seen all the activity today and I've just had a phone call from one of the neighbours to say she's died.
"The police have been and then the ambulance came and we heard. I always say hello when I pass, and the little girl used to play outside - she used to say hello when she was playing. It is just such a shock, such a sad shock."
The police spokesman said officers were continuing to carry out inquiries at the scene.
It is not believed the dog was a breed listed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Melanie Wright from the East Midlands Ambulance Service said they received a call at about 12.05pm.
She said: "We responded by dispatching clinicians in two fast response cars, a double crewed ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. We also informed Leicestershire Police.
"This was a very distressing 999 call for all concerned and we are providing support to our colleagues who responded."