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12-day-old baby was mauled to death by family’s Chow Chow ‘Teddy’ after dog ‘leapt from garden pen’

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The dog who mauled a 12-day-old baby to death was a Chow Chow crossbreed named Teddy who attacked him after ‘jumping his garden pen’. 

Tiny newborn Elon was set upon on Sunday at his £100,000 home in the village of Woodlands, Doncaster.

The dog had been outside the property fenced in when it suddenly jumped free and attacked the small child. 

He was fought off and 999 crews called took him to hospital for treatment but despite doctors’ best efforts he could not be saved.

His mother Abigail Ellis, 27, and her fiancé Stephen Joynes, 35, were later arrested by officers probing the tragic death.

Liverpool FC fan Joynes is the father of Elon, but not Ellis’s older three children.

Both were detained on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and have now been bailed, pending further inquiries.

The dog has been taken by South Yorkshire Police and it is believed it will be destroyed.

Ellis’s brother Keith said Teddy jumped out of a pen in the garden that it was being kept in.

He said it was the third tragedy to beset Abigail in recent years, after she lost her dad and partner in the same house.

Mr Ellis said said: ‘She has been through so much, she needs time to grieve.

‘She has lost her dad, her partner and now her son in that house. 

‘The dog wasn’t in the house at the time, it was being kept in a pen in the garden.

‘He was such a big fluffy dog, he was like a teddy bear. His name was even Teddy.

‘You just wouldn’t expect it to do anything like that. He’s a big soft dog.’

Mother Abigail Ellis with baby Elon just days before the tragedy unfolded at in Doncaster

Mother Abigail Ellis with baby Elon just days before the tragedy unfolded at in Doncaster

Mother Abigail Ellis with baby Elon just days before the tragedy unfolded at in Doncaster

Both Stephen Joynes, 35, and Abigail Ellis, 27, have been arrested after the tragic death

Both Stephen Joynes, 35, and Abigail Ellis, 27, have been arrested after the tragic death

Both Stephen Joynes, 35, and Abigail Ellis, 27, have been arrested after the tragic death

Chow Chow cross Teddy is seen on the left next to another dog in a picture taken last year

Chow Chow cross Teddy is seen on the left next to another dog in a picture taken last year

Chow Chow cross Teddy is seen on the left next to another dog in a picture taken last year 

Two of the family's dogs are seen playing in a social media picture from last year

Two of the family's dogs are seen playing in a social media picture from last year

Two of the family’s dogs are seen playing in a social media picture from last year

Abigail Ellis's brother Keith places flowers at the family home earlier today

Abigail Ellis's brother Keith places flowers at the family home earlier today

Abigail Ellis’s brother Keith places flowers at the family home earlier today

A neighbour said Ellis’s partner Joel had died around 18 months ago.

Since then, she had struggled to come to terms with her loss, but was ‘overjoyed’ to be have been expecting a new baby.

Thee friend, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘Abi was a great mum, they never had much money but those kids never went without.

‘Her older children were so well behaved. I knew she was pregnant again but I didn’t know she had the baby until I heard all the commotion on Sunday evening and found out that he had tragically died.

‘She always did her best by her other children and losing her partner hit her hard. ‘It really affected her, they were so happy together and so close. It is such a tragedy.’

Samantha Foulds, who claims to be a close friend of the pair, also posted to Facebook: ‘I know these people well and I tell you it’s nothing more than a tragedy.

‘You have no idea what that family have gone through.

‘RIP little one, my love to you both and little ones at this heart wrenching time.’  

The baby was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after the attack in the village of Woodlands on Sunday – but he tragically died a short time later.

Sally Hooley, who saw the dog being taken away by police, said, according to The Mirror: ‘The dog was a big fluffy golden dog, it looked harmless at first glance. I couldn’t tell you the breed but three police officers were struggling to control it to get it into the dog van.

‘The dog was strong enough to be dragging three officers into the road. It’s so, so sad.’

South Yorkshire Police rushed to a property (pictured centre) in the village of Woodlands in Doncaster on Sunday afternoon following reports that a child had been attacked

South Yorkshire Police rushed to a property (pictured centre) in the village of Woodlands in Doncaster on Sunday afternoon following reports that a child had been attacked

South Yorkshire Police rushed to a property (pictured centre) in the village of Woodlands in Doncaster on Sunday afternoon following reports that a child had been attacked

‘It looked like a big fluffy harmless dog. At the end of the day the parents will never get over the loss of their child.’   

South Yorkshire Police rushed to a property in Woodlands at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon following reports that a child had been attacked.

The baby was rushed to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after being bitten by the dog but died a short time later.  

Both parents have been bailed pending further inquires.

A police spokesman said police were called to an address around 3.30pm on Sunday following reports that a dog had attacked a child.

‘On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries.

‘The child was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later.

Floral tributes have also been left outside the Doncaster property where the child was bitten

Floral tributes have also been left outside the Doncaster property where the child was bitten

Floral tributes have also been left outside the Doncaster property where the child was bitten

‘A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. They have now been bailed while enquiries continue.’

The dog has been removed from the address, the force added. 

Floral tributes have also been left outside the Doncaster property where the child was bitten.

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘I saw at least three police cars turn up, there was just lots of commotion, and more turned up.

‘Then someone came for the dog in a van and I saw forensic officers taking pictures of the scene.

‘That was when I knew it was serious.’

The neighbour said that they didn’t know the breed of the dog but that it was ‘very big’ and ‘not something you’d want around small children’.

They also said that the dog had a habit of running into other people’s gardens. 

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Italy’s president tells PM his country ‘loves freedom, but care about seriousness’ after PM comments

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Italy‘s president has told Boris Johnson his country also loves freedom but behaved responsibly after the PM commented on their handling of the coronavirus.

Sergio Mattarella was replying to Mr Johnson’s claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a ‘freedom-loving country’.

Asked in Parliament if ‘the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us’ is because their contact tracing systems work better, he said there was ‘a very important difference… our country is a freedom-loving country’.

He claimed that made it very difficult to ask the British population uniformly to obey guidelines.

Asked about the comment, Mattarella said: ‘We Italians also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness’.

Sergio Mattarella (pictured) was replying to Mr Johnson's claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a 'freedom-loving country'

Sergio Mattarella (pictured) was replying to Mr Johnson's claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a 'freedom-loving country'

Sergio Mattarella (pictured) was replying to Mr Johnson’s claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a ‘freedom-loving country’

Asked in Parliament (pictured) if 'the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us' is because their contact tracing systems work better, Mr Johnson said there was 'a very important difference... our country is a freedom-loving country'

Asked in Parliament (pictured) if 'the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us' is because their contact tracing systems work better, Mr Johnson said there was 'a very important difference... our country is a freedom-loving country'

Asked in Parliament (pictured) if ‘the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us’ is because their contact tracing systems work better, Mr Johnson said there was ‘a very important difference… our country is a freedom-loving country’

The president was asked about Mr Johnson during a private conversation, but his words were swiftly reported in the local media and his office confirmed the remarks.

Britain this week imposed fresh restrictions to try to stamp out a fast-spreading second wave of Covid-19 in the country.

Government scientists warned there could be 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October without fresh curbs.

Italy, which was the first country in Europe to be hit by the contagion in February, has seen new cases tick higher in recent weeks – but has managed to avoid a surge.

The UK has the highest official Covid-19 death toll in Europe of some 41,862. Italy is the second-worst affected with 35,758 deaths recorded to date. 

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The fallout comes as the UK’s ‘safe to travel’ list was reduced to nine – including Gibraltar, San Marino and Lichtenstein – after more destinations were red-flagged.

Restrictions were imposed on arrivals from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao this weekend.

It means travellers returning from those destinations to England will face 14 days in quarantine when they get back.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced last night Denmark is one of four countries being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’

The new rules will come into force at 4am on Saturday morning and mean Brits can travel to just seven countries without restrictions on either border.

Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Greece, Gibraltar, Lichtenstein and San Marino are the only countries Brits can travel to without facing quarantine or tests both ways. 

Mr Shapps also said that no countries will be removed from the ‘red list’ this week. 

Other countries on the UK’s ‘green list’ – including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Finland and the Seychelles – are either closed to travellers, require up to 14 days quarantine or only allow travellers with a negative Covid test in the last 72 hours.

The devolved administrations often update their own lists following the UK Government’s announcement of its weekly changes for England.

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Partying Britons feed orangutan a can of energy drink as they drive through the streets of Dubai

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Partying Britons have fed an orangutan a can of energy drink and a McDonald’s while driving it through the streets of Dubai in horrifying footage slammed by animal rights activists.

The ape was filmed washing down a banana with a can of Monster on Wednesday night by a group of young men, believed to be from Birmingham, who are visiting the UAE. 

At one point the little orangutan appeared to reciprocate a fist bump proffered by one of the men, prompting an outburst of shrieks as rap music thumped through the vehicle.

The holidaying Britons have been accused of animal cruelty by viewers and many have cautioned them against feeding a wild animal such a potent caffeinated drink.

The ape was videoed washing down a banana with a can of Monster energy drink as a group of British men, believed to be from Birmingham, drove him through the streets of Dubai.

The ape was videoed washing down a banana with a can of Monster energy drink as a group of British men, believed to be from Birmingham, drove him through the streets of Dubai.

The young orangutan sipping on Monster energy

The young orangutan sipping on Monster energy

The ape was videoed washing down a banana with a can of Monster energy drink as a group of British men, believed to be from Birmingham, drove him through the streets of Dubai

The little orangutan being led into the back of the Mercedes in Dubai earlier this week

The little orangutan being led into the back of the Mercedes in Dubai earlier this week

The little orangutan being led into the back of the Mercedes in Dubai earlier this week

The orangutan polished off the sugary drink before sitting on the back seat as rap music thumped through the vehicle

The orangutan polished off the sugary drink before sitting on the back seat as rap music thumped through the vehicle

The orangutan in the Mercedes

The orangutan in the Mercedes

The orangutan polished off the sugary drink before sitting on the back seat as rap music thumped through the vehicle

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai

One tweeted: 'He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!'

One tweeted: 'He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!'

One tweeted: ‘He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!’

Another conceded: 'This ain't right but it's funny af'

Another conceded: 'This ain't right but it's funny af'

Another conceded: ‘This ain’t right but it’s funny af’

Others cautioned against giving a wild animal an energy drink

Others cautioned against giving a wild animal an energy drink

Others cautioned against giving a wild animal an energy drink

One tweeted: ‘He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!’ 

Another said: ‘This ain’t right but it’s funny.’

Indeed, most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, ‘this the biggest flex this year,’ said one. 

Orangutans are generally the most sedate of the apes and in this case fortunately, the animal does not appear to have been agitated.

However, zoo keepers would warn against joking around with a full-sized orangutan because, leaving aside any ethical considerations, they are incredibly strong and have been known to bite.  

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai.

His Instagram account reveals that he flew out from Heathrow in First Class just four days ago and has been staying at the five-star Five Palm Jumeirah hotel.

Another perspective was offered by this Instagram user who said it was better than being locked in a cage

Another perspective was offered by this Instagram user who said it was better than being locked in a cage

Another perspective was offered by this Instagram user who said it was better than being locked in a cage

Most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, 'this the biggest flex this year,' said one

Most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, 'this the biggest flex this year,' said one

Most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, ‘this the biggest flex this year,’ said one

Abdi and his entourage have been renting luxurious cars including Fearraris and Lamborghinis, as well as getting up close with exotic animals such as tiger and leopard cubs.

The United Arab Emirates’ liberal attitudes to the ownership of exotic animals has drawn criticism in the past.

The Middle Eastern country outlawed private ownership in 2017, although it is unclear if the Britons were given the animals by a licensed keeper.

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Captain Tom supports Lloyd Scott as he plans to climb the Three Peaks in a deep-sea diving suit

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has lent his support to Lloyd Scott as he plans to climb the Three Peaks wearing a 130lb deep-sea diving suit.

Mr Scott, 58, will be climbing Britain’s three tallest mountains over an eight-day period next month.

It comes 18 years after he earned the world record for slowest time to complete a marathon while wearing the same suit – with a time of five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds.

The ascent of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon will be Mr Scott’s final charity challenge, after raising over £5 million across 30 years for charitable causes.

Lloyd Scott, left wearing a deep-sea diving suit, raced Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford

Lloyd Scott, left wearing a deep-sea diving suit, raced Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford

Lloyd Scott, left wearing a deep-sea diving suit, raced Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford

Captain Tom and Mr Scott chatted during the visit ahead of Mr Scott's final fundraising challenge next month

Captain Tom and Mr Scott chatted during the visit ahead of Mr Scott's final fundraising challenge next month

Captain Tom and Mr Scott chatted during the visit ahead of Mr Scott’s final fundraising challenge next month

Captain Tom met Mr Scott at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford, and even won a short race against the veteran fundraiser in his diving suit.

Mr Scott told MailOnline: ‘It’s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom. It’s a real thrill.

‘It was kind of coming up with something to say that hasn’t been said. For me the biggest accolade that I could think of was that he brought the very best out of humanity.

‘To have someone like him supporting and endorsing my challenge, it was very special.

‘We had a race. He’s such a gentleman, he didn’t want to go in front of me.

Mr Scott (pictured as the suit's helmet was placed over his head) raced a marathon in the suit in 2002. He earned the world record for slowest marathon after five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds

Mr Scott (pictured as the suit's helmet was placed over his head) raced a marathon in the suit in 2002. He earned the world record for slowest marathon after five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds

Mr Scott (pictured as the suit’s helmet was placed over his head) raced a marathon in the suit in 2002. He earned the world record for slowest marathon after five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds

Mr Scott (pictured in the suit with Captain Tom) told MailOnline: 'It¿s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom'

Mr Scott (pictured in the suit with Captain Tom) told MailOnline: 'It¿s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom'

Mr Scott (pictured in the suit with Captain Tom) told MailOnline: ‘It’s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom’

‘Everyone’s had a very difficult time this year. With my specific brand of fundraising, if I could put a smile on the face of the nation it might lift peoples spirits.’ 

Mr Scott’s first charity challenge was the 1987 London Marathon, which he completed after being diagnosed with leukaemia. 

He has since completed an Everest marathon, an underwater marathon, and cycled a Penny Farthing across Australia.

‘I needed the finality of saying an event was my last and I was going out on top,’ Mr Scott said.

Former cricketer David Gower speaks to Captain Tom at the launch event for the Lloyd Scott Three Peaks Challenge

Former cricketer David Gower speaks to Captain Tom at the launch event for the Lloyd Scott Three Peaks Challenge

Former cricketer David Gower speaks to Captain Tom at the launch event for the Lloyd Scott Three Peaks Challenge

Social distancing was maintained as former cricketer Mr Gower spoke to Mr Scott about his upcoming challenge

Social distancing was maintained as former cricketer Mr Gower spoke to Mr Scott about his upcoming challenge

Social distancing was maintained as former cricketer Mr Gower spoke to Mr Scott about his upcoming challenge

‘The last I had done was the Malden mud race in 2014. It took seven guys tying a rope around me to get me over the line, so I wasn’t going out on that.’

Mr Scott will start the 23-mile challenge, involving an ascent of 3,064 metres, on October 4.

‘Knowing that my family can be there at the end, and that both my boys and brother can come along means so much,’ he said.

‘Sadly, my dad passed away in February, but I’ll have his red fleece that he wore on all his adventures with me.’

Mr Scott will be raising money for The Lord’s Taverners, a youth cricket and disability sports charity, which he has been a member of for 15 years.

The pair enjoyed a distanced conversation with Captain Tom. Mr Scott said his next challenge would be his last

The pair enjoyed a distanced conversation with Captain Tom. Mr Scott said his next challenge would be his last

The pair enjoyed a distanced conversation with Captain Tom. Mr Scott said his next challenge would be his last

‘When I had leukaemia, there was a period where I couldn’t play any sport. It’s only when you have something, and it’s taken away from you and that you realise how important it is,’ he said.

‘The thought of children out there that may not experience the thrill, excitement, enjoyment of sport really resonates with me. I couldn’t think of anyone I wanted to do this for more.’

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Sir Tom will not be joining Mr Scott at any stage of the challenge. 

To see donations to The Lord’s Taverners, visit: donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/lloydscotts3peakschallenge

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