The dog, which has since been put down, was owned by a serving police officer.
It is not known whether PC Clare Ferdinand, 31, was at the address at the the time the dog - believed to a Staffordshire bull terrier - attacked two children and a woman.
Essex Police refused to confirm that Mrs Ferdinand is employed by them though friends of the victims' family insisted she was.'But it was just a Staffie!' the dog-lovers cry. Was it?
Mr Mills believes the dog was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog, although the breed has not been confirmed by police: 'I saw the dog being taken away. ' At 4pm a black van arrived. The dog was taken out of the property at 4.30pm. It was on a pole lead.
'It wasn't a normal Staffie. It was a lot more chunky - probably a Staffordshire cross or some kind of bulldog breed.'It'll be interesting to compare the justice system's treatment of the owner and person present with the children at the time of the attack to the case of the death of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, won't it?
Very interesting indeed. Meanwhile, file under 'damage control':
Dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, released a statement this morning about the incident in Harwich Road, which stressed any dog is capable of causing injury. Caroline Kisko, club secretary, said: 'Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the baby that was tragically killed and the child and adult that sustained injuries in this shocking incident.
'We don't have details of what happened in this specific case as yet so cannot comment on what may have led up to it, but we do know that incidents like this are thankfully very rare in the UK.Really? Sadly, I think we'd all agree they aren't nearly rare enough....