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South London man on pit bull possession charge

A 34-year-old man has been charged with possession of an illegal breed of dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Alex Blackburn-Smith, of Wallington, south London, is also charged under the Animal Welfare Act for failing to care adequately for the pit bull.

He is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on 14 June.

The matter came to light when police investigated the death of 52-year-old Barbara Williams who died after being mauled by another breed of dog.

Miss Williams suffered a severe haemorrhage to her head and neck and died at home in Demesne Road, Wallington, south London, on 23 December last year when she was attacked by a Neapolitan mastiff.

The dog was shot dead by police marksmen and a puppy was removed from the property.

No-one has been charged in relation to the death.

Police said the charge against Mr Blackburn-Smith, of Desmesne Road, Wallington, did not relate to the dog that attacked Miss Williams.

He is also charged with possession of cannabis.

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