A woman in her 20s has died and a second woman has been taken to hospital following reports of a dog attack in Caterham, Surrey Police have said.

Officers were called to Gravelly Hill in Caterham following reports of a dog attacking members of the public at 2.45pm on Thursday.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Surrey Police.

The dead woman is yet to be identified but her next of kin have been informed, and specialist police officers are supporting them.

The second woman is in hospital receiving treatment for dog bites; police have said that her condition is not life-threatening.

Armed officers and National Police Air Service found seven dogs at the scene and they have been taken in to police custody.

There are road closures in place around Gravelly Hill and police remain at the scene.

Chief Inspector Alan Sproston said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who sadly died this afternoon.

“This incident will be concerning to the local community and I would like to reassure them that we believe all dogs have been accounted for and are in police custody.

“Our investigation to establish the circumstances of the incident remains ongoing and we would ask the community not to speculate.”

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