Family name Fareham dog attack victim

FAMILY AND FRIENDS have paid tribute to the victim of a dog attack in Fareham last week, with Hampshire Police naming the thirty-four year old in an emotional online statement published on Friday evening (August 20) as their ongoing investigations into the incident on Wednesday, August 10 continues.

As previously reported police were called to the recreation ground located on Hillson Drive in Fareham after being alerted to a concern for welfare call at approximately 10:25am. But despite the efforts of ambulance staff the victim was pronounced dead at the scene shortly upon their arrival.

Ian Symes, who was also fondly nicknamed as ‘Wiggy’ to friends and family, has been described as a loved son, brother, uncle and friend to so many people; with family members further asking for privacy as they deal with their heart-breaking loss by issuing a short statement on Friday.

It read: “We are overwhelmed with the tributes made and the flowers laid at the field. This is a tragic incident and the police continue to investigate the circumstances. He will be missed by many (people). We would like everyone to respect our family’s wishes, to leave us be and allow us time to grieve.”

Investigating officers have said that “enquires are ongoing” and no further updates have been released on the incident over recent days since the arrest of a man from Fareham. He is believed to be the dog’s owner or person in charge and was released from custody pending enquires after questioning.

f anybody does have any information they are encouraged to contact Hampshire Police by either calling the non-emergency line of 101, or reporting via their website. Alternatively they can anonymously give this to Crimestoppers via their online website or calling the free confidential number of 0800 555 111.

PICTURED SHARED BY HAMPSHIRE POLICE: Ian Symes has been named as victim of Fareham dog attack ten days ago at Hillson Drive, an incident police are investigating (image from family and friends).