We can now confirm that both the dogs that fatally attacked Esther Martin in Jaywick at the weekend were XL Bullies.
Sixty-eight year-old Esther was fatally injured at an address in Hillman Avenue on Saturday afternoon (3 February).
Two dogs were destroyed at the property by specialist officers who responded to the incident.
'We owe it to Esther to get this right'
Chief Superintendent Stuart Weaver said:
“I know there has been a huge amount of speculation about the breed and type of dog involved here, but it was really important we got that information right and established the facts. “We owe it to Esther and her family to ensure we are thorough, professional and, above all, fair. “XL Bully is not a breed of dog in itself, but a sub-category of the American Bully and identifying categories of a breed can be a complex process. “It requires a police-trained dog expert to examine the physical features of the dog against specific measurements, in line with the guidelines published by the Government. “A forensic post-mortem was also carried out by a veterinary scientist and through this combination it was confirmed that the dogs were XL Bullies. “A team of experienced detectives are continuing their investigation into Esther’s death and continue to make good progress. “They are committed to getting the answers her family need about what happened and why. “Specially trained family liaison officers are also continuing to support them.”
Chief Supt Weaver added:
“I again want to express our thanks to the members of the public who bravely tried to save Esther before our officers arrived on scene. “What you did was hugely courageous and a reflection of the values of the community of Jaywick. “I also want to again praise the unflinching bravery and professionalism of the officers who attended and whose actions ensured the community was safe.”
Man on bail
A 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences remains on bail until 5 March.
We continue to appeal for anyone with information about what happened on Saturday to come forward.
“Their brave actions reflect what I know and love about this community.”
Those are the words of Tendring temporary district commander Acting Chief Inspector Taks Shah after a visit to Jaywick this morning.
Chief Inspector Shah spoke with residents and patrolled the area following a serious incident on Saturday (3 February).
Our enquiries continue at pace after 68-year-old Esther Martin died following an incident involving two dogs at an address in Hillman Avenue.
Although officers were on the scene within minutes, brave neighbours tried desperately to enter the property and save Esther prior to our arrival.
It is the actions of those members of the public Chief Inspector Shah reflected on following his visit.
Accompanied by Clacton’s Children and Young Persons PC Con Bowen, he checked in on volunteers and staff at youth organisation Inclusion Ventures, Jaywick Community Forum and Jaywick Community Resource Centre.
He then patrolled nearby streets before carrying out a walkthrough of the scene and speaking with officers.
Acting Chief Inspector Taks Shah and Clacton Children and Young Persons PC Con Bowen in Jaywick
Acting Chief Inspector Taks Shah visits Jaywick Community Resource Centre
PC Bowen and Acting Chief Inspector Taks Shah patrol near the scene
'I feel their shock and horror at this incident'
Acting Chief Inspector Shah said:
“It is clear that within moments of this incident, members of the public tried as hard as they could to enter the property and save Esther’s life, sparing little thought for their own safety. “Their actions do not surprise me. “I can say with confidence from my conversations with people today, their actions reflect what I know and what I love about this community. “I would like to offer them my sincere thanks and respect. “I would also like to praise the response of neighbours and the wider community. “We have a solid community in Jaywick, full of people who have lived here for a long time – and who are close-knit and protective when it comes to looking out for each other and rallying around those in need. “The sense I have walking around the area this afternoon and speaking to residents is one naturally of shock, but also of solidarity for Esther’s loved ones and horror that something like this could happen so close to home. “I am keen to emphasise we are dealing with a matter which has deeply shaken not only the family of this much-loved woman, but the Jaywick community at large. “The circumstances will be investigated properly and fully, but until that investigation has run its course and we are able to say more, I would continue to urge against unhelpful speculation. “This afternoon also gave me a chance to repeat our message of reassurance, that there is no ongoing risk posed to the people of Jaywick by this incident. “Our officers responding to this call were utterly professional in their actions, keeping the community’s safety at the forefront of their minds as they swiftly entered the property to secure the scene.”
Work with partners
Officers continue to work with community partners, such as Tendring District Council, to reassure residents and keep them informed.
“I would like to give my condolences to the family which has lost a loved one at this time. “The community is in total shock. “We are a tight-knit community and I believe I speak for the majority of residents when I ask for the family and residents to be left alone to give them time to come to terms with what has happened. “I ask people not to speculate about what has happened, what type of breed the dogs were and let the police do their investigation and wait for further information to be published.”
Acting Chief Inspector Shah (right) arrives at Jaywick Community Forum today (Monday 5 February)
The officers patrolled the nearby area and spoke with residents
Acting Chief Inspector Shah visits the cordon in place in Jaywick today (Monday 5 February)
Earlier today, Acting Detective Superintendent Stuart Truss said:
“We’re making good progress in our investigation into Esther’s death. “It is an investigation with a number of complexities, but we are determined to give Esther’s family the answers they need. “We are working with experts to confirm the breed of the dogs. This may take some days but it’s really important we get it right. “I would ask people not to speculate about this element - we will establish the facts and we will keep the community in Jaywick updated.”
A 39-year-old man, from Jaywick, who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences, has since been released on bail with conditions attached while our enquiries continue.
We continue to appeal for anyone with any information about what happened to contact us and a special portal has also been set up through which information about what happened can be reported.
Investigations into the death of Esther Martin in Jaywick are continuing this morning as one of the officers overseeing it says “we’re making good progress”.
Esther, 68, died following an incident inside an address in Hillman Avenue where we believe she was attacked by two dogs.
Specially trained officers are continuing to support her family and enquiries will continue throughout today and the this week.
A special portal has also been set up through which information about what happened can be reported.
A 39 year-old man arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences has been released on conditional bail until 5 March.
Acting Detective Superintendent Stuart Truss said:
“We’re making good progress in our investigation into Esther’s death.
“It is an investigation with a number of complexities, but we are determined to give Esther’s family the answers they need.
“We are working with experts to confirm the breed of the dogs. This may take some days but it’s really important we get it right.
“I would ask people not to speculate about this element - we will establish the facts and we will keep the community in Jaywick updated.”
“We’re continuing to support Esther’s family. They have been asked to be able to grieve in peace”.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Chief Superintendent Glen Pavelin praised the actions of the responding officers and members of the public who tried to help.
“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.
“I repeat: thanks to their swift actions, I can reassure the community in Jaywick that there is no ongoing risk to them posed by this incident.
“I would also like to thank the local people who had tried to get into the house to help Esther Martin. You should be proud.”
February 4: 2.50pm
We are now in a position to name the woman who died in Jaywick yesterday as 68 year-old Esther Martin.
Esther died following an incident involving two dogs at an address in Hillman Avenue yesterday.
Chief Superintendent Glen Pavelin gave a statement outside Clacton Police Station this afternoon.
He 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.
"I repeat: thanks to their swift actions, I can reassure the community in Jaywick that there is no ongoing risk to them posed by this incident. I would also like to thank the local people who had tried to get into the house to help Esther Martin. You should be proud.
"Last night we arrested a 39 year-old man from Jaywick on suspicion of dangerous dog offences. He remains in custody.
"I know there’s speculation about the breed of the dogs involved.
"We are working with experts to establish this and I won’t say anything further on this today.
"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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