Bloke mauled to death by dog was beautiful heart who loved walking pooches

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A man mauled to death by an "out of control" dog in a park has been named as a "beautiful hearted" 34-year-old who "died doing what he loved".

Ian 'Wiggy' Symes, who owned a number of dogs himself, was out walking his pets when the terrifying fatal attack took place.

The shocking incident at a recreation ground on Hillson Drive in Fareham, Hampshire happened at around 10.25am on Wednesday, soon after South Central Ambulance Service paramedics pronounced the victim had died at the scene.

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Wiggy's brother has since opened up on social media in a heart-wrenching post revealing how devastating his loss has been felt.

Martin Symes, wrote on Facebook: "The past 30 hours have been pretty shocking and very hard to really understand what happened and why.

"Thanks for all the messages and tributes for my brother. It’s very touching to see the flowers and messages left at the field.

"Crazy to think of all the memories I had playing football on that field and the laughs I had in the school just got wiped from the situation that happened yesterday."

He added: "The facts are he was out walking a dog something he loved to do and as sad as it is least he passed away doing something he loved.

"I’m not overly religious but I do believe you go to a better place, and no doubt he’ll be up there already walking his dogs.

Hampshire Police are investigating and a 20-year-old man has been arrested as detectives speak to potential witnesses and look at other lines of inquiry.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We are speaking to people in the area and carrying out other lines of enquiry to establish how the man died.

"As part of our enquiries a 20-year-old man from Fareham has been arrested on suspicion of being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.

"He has been released from custody without charge but remains under investigation while enquiries continue."

A dog was secured and removed from the scene.

Kind words from heartbroken friends flooded in on Facebook following the tragic news of Wiggy's passing.

"Rip Wiggy Symes my kids bloody love the bones of you," one person wrote.

A second said: "RIP Wiggy Symes I can't believe I am writing this to be honest it's a very sad day – fly high my friend."

"So sad to hear of our beautiful hearted Wiggy Symes passing this morning. So many childhood memories with you Wig, the most loyal protector on earth. RIP angel," a third commented. "Thinking of all Wig’s family," they added.


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