THE family of a man who was killed by a dog has paid tribute to him.

Ian Symes, known as ‘Wiggy’ to his friends and family, died at Fareham park recreation ground after being attacked by a dog.

The 34-year-old was reportedly walking his dog, as he was known to, when the attack happened.

He has been described as a loved son, brother, uncle and friend.

His family said: “We are overwhelmed with the tributes made and the flowers laid at the field. This is a tragic incident, he will be missed by many.

“We would like everyone to respect our family’s wishes, to leave us be and allow us time to grieve.”

Read more: Man killed by dog after vicious attack in park

Daily Echo: Tributes near where Ian 'Wiggy' Symes died in Fareham. Solent News & Photo AgencyTributes near where Ian 'Wiggy' Symes died in Fareham. Solent News & Photo Agency

Emergency services were called to the scene just before 10.30am on Wednesday, August 10.

A 20-year-old man, who lives locally, was arrested on suspicion of being the person in charge of the dog.

He has since been released from custody but remains under investigation.

On Facebook, many expressed their support to the victim and his family.

One user 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.”

Police said inquiries are ongoing.

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