Family of Jade Lomas-Anderson aim for last minute change to dangerous dog law
THE step-father of a 14-year-old Atherton girl who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs joined Bolton West MP Julie Hilling in Westminster as she prepared to go before parliament on the issue of dangerous dogs.
Jade Lomas-Anderson died on March 26 this year after being attacked by two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers while visiting a friend.
Today the anti-social behaviour crime and policing bill will be discussed in parliament and Ms Hilling, the Andersons’ local MP has tabled an amendment to the bill which would give authorised officers the power to restrict the number of dogs being kept in a domestic property if there is a risk to public safety.
Ms Hilling also wants to see the introduction of dog control notices — which would permit authorised officers to issue certain conditions on the owners of dogs that have been deemed to be out of control.
Also joining Ms Hilling in Westminster was Royston Brett, a friend of the Anderson family who was finishing a 229-mile cycle ride from Manchester to the houses of parliament in support of Jade’s campaign.
The campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the need for tougher legislation on dangerous dogs and to encourage owners to be more responsible for controlling their pets.
Ms Hilling said: “With Michael being here and what Royston has achieved — it once again highlights the issue.
“We need to strengthen the preventative measures — since the tragedy of Jade’s death, there have already been three serious attacks in Atherton alone.
“The strength of Jade’s family and friends has been amazing and we are determined that something will come out of this.”
Mr Anderson thanked Ms Hilling for her support and admitted he was “quite nervous” ahead of the debate in parliament.
He said: “You never know what’s going to happen and we have to prepare for the worst but I have a feeling it could go well.
“I would like to thank Julie for all her support — she is a very loving and caring person and it is a great feeling to have your MP backing you and singing from the same hymn sheet.
“This is just the start of things for us — but it’s an important start, we have many ideas still to come on this issue.”
And after completing his 229-mile ride, Mr Brett said that although he was tired, he was pleased to support the Andersons and would “definitely do it again”.
He added: “I asked everyone I met on the way down to pester their MPs on the issue of dangerous dogs.
“Jade was an absolutely lovely girl who always had a smile on her face and always wanted to help people — and it’s so important that this campaign is recognised.”
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