TRIBUTES have been paid to a man killed by a dog in a field.

Emergency services were called to Hillson Drive recreation ground in Fareham on Wednesday, August 10, at 10.25am.

The victim, named by friends as Ian ‘Wiggy’ Symes, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene that morning.

Tributes have been placed on a fence at the site in Mr Symes’ memory.

A resident who lives near the park said she had been friends with 'Wiggy' since they were schoolchildren.

The woman, who didn't want to give her name, said Mr Symes' father had come to her house to tell them the news about his son's tragic death.

She said: "[Symes'] dad came round and told us it was his son who had died.

"I heard he was out walking a dog, but it wasn't his dog that attacked him.

"We met on holiday on the Isle of Wight when I was around eight.

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"It is just such a shock... He was so well liked and he was really nice to me."

He was known to walk his dog in the area and do odd jobs, it has been reported.

A 20-year-old man, who lives locally, has been arrested on suspicion of being the owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.

He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

A dog has been secured and removed from the scene, while the victim’s family has been informed.

Posting on Facebook one person said: “So sad to hear of our beautiful hearted Wiggy Symes passing this morning.

“So many childhood memories with you Wig, the most loyal protector on earth. RIP angel.

“Thinking of all Wig’s family.”

Another said: “RIP Wiggy Symes I can’t believe I am writing this to be honest.

“It’s a very sad day - fly high my friend.”

A further friend said: “Can’t believe it RIP Wiggy Symes another person taken too soon.”

A man added: “Devastated to hear of your passing Wiggy Symes.

“Grew up with you and always looked out for me and my sister growing up! Rest easy up there big man x.”

A woman who lives adjacent to the field, and who did not want to be named, said: "Wiggy used to come round to see if there was any gardening he could do. He walked dogs for people as well."