A MAN who died after being attacked by two dogs near Walsall has been named as police revealed they’ve been given more time to question a suspect.

Ian Price, aged 52, was attacked by the dogs on Main Street, Stonnall, at around 3.15pm yesterday (Thursday September 14) and he died later in hospital.

A 30-year-old man, from South Staffordshire, was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of dogs dangerously out of control and manslaughter, and police said this evening they’d been granted a custody extension – giving detectives another 10 hours to question the suspect.

The dogs involved in the tragedy are now dead, police confirmed, and they added that the animals were believed to be XL Bullys but tests are being carried out to determine their breed.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “We’re aware of comments about previous contact with the owner of the dogs and would like to share the following details.

“On January 14, 2023, we received a report involving concern around two XL Bully dogs who were off their lead in a field in Stonnall.

“We went to owner’s address and gave words of advice around keeping the dogs under control whilst in a shared public place. The owner was co-operative and engaged positively with officers.

“Both dogs were in the address at the time and appeared to be calm. They did not show any signs of aggression towards officers.

“On March 30, 2023, we then received reports that two XL Bully dogs had mounted another dog in Stonnall.

“No injuries were caused to the dog or anyone who was in the area at the time.

“No complaints were made in relation to the incident and no offences were identified.

“The owner of the dog was spoken to by officers around making sure they are under control at all times.

“Our Professional Standards Department (PSD) has concluded that it does not meet the threshold for a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

“Our investigation continues at pace as we try to understand more about events leading up to this horrendous attack.

“Our deepest sympathies remain with the family and friends of Ian.

“We also understand the shock and upset felt within the village of Stonnall. We’ve got local officers in the area.

“We would encourage anyone who has information, but not yet spoken to us, to do so by calling us on 101 quoting incident number 405 of September 14.

Alternatively people can message officers via Live Chat on the force website staffordshire.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.