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Man denies 'revenge' attack

A MAN has denied taking out revenge for a dog attack on his girlfriend's daughter.

A MAN has denied taking out revenge for a dog attack on his girlfriend's daughter.

Alan Wallace, 37, has been arrested on suspicion of wounding grandmother Carol Ray, but protests his innocence.

Mrs Ray, 50, lost two false teeth, one of her own teeth and suffered injuries to her nose, lips and ribs in an early-hours attack on Saturday.

Tensions have been running high in Meynell Place, Blacon, following an incident in which a dog repeatedly bit the face of seven-year-old Chelsea Kaye as she slept at Mrs Ray's daughter's house in the street.

Mr Wallace, who has been bailed to reappear at the police station pending further inquiries, is the boyfriend of Chelsea's mother Tammy Duckers.

He said: 'I have no anger against any of them for Chelsea. I have never hit a woman in my life. I am telling you it's not me, and a lot of people will say that as well.'

Chelsea, a pupil of Dee Point Primary School in Blacon, required 150 stitches to her face and will need counselling following the dog attack.

Mrs Ray's daughter Tracy Ellams and partner Steve Pearce had the dog, called Bruno, destroyed.

They have not been at their Meynell Place home since the incident for fear of reprisals.

Mrs Ray was assaulted while staying at the house with her boyfriend to keep an eye on the property.

'I was punched and hit the floor then I was kicked. I had to try and get home,' said Mrs Ray, who received hospital treatment and is on pain killers.

'I have not been anywhere all week. I feel terrified. I'm scared of being on my own in the house and I'm not a person like that. It's just the trauma of it all.'

She said her daughter and her partner would not be returning to their housing trust home and were hoping for a transfer.

'They are in a traumatic state,' she said.

Her daughter Tracy, who has daughters Lisa, 15 and Jade, 10, said: 'I cannot even go home. I don't want to put my children through this violence.'

Dog attack victim Chelsea continues to make progress as her cuts heal. But her mother Tammy, who also has a two-year-old son called Levi, said she was staying with a relative after the windows of her Meynell Place house had been smashed.

Chelsea is said to be emotionally 'up and down'. Doctors hope only hairline scars will remain because she has youth on her side.

The youngster previously told The Chronicle about the dog attack: 'At first I thought he was licking my face but he was biting chunks out of my face. I had to kick him in the head to get him off me. I had to slap him.'

Cheshire Constabulary spokesman Ivor Lewis said: 'A man was arrested at 8pm on November 11 on suspicion of wounding and was given police bail to return to the police station at a future date.'


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