The breed of the dogs involved in the attack that killed an Essex grandmother last weekend has been confirmed. 

Essex Police, an air ambulance and other emergency services were called to Hillman Avenue in Jaywick, near Clacton, at about 4pm on Saturday, February 3. 

Sixty-eight-year-old Esther Martin had been attacked by two dogs and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old man from Jaywick was subsequently arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences. 

The dogs were "destroyed inside the house," according to the police.

Officers launched an investigation into the breed of dog that attacked the grandmother of eight but refused to speculate until it had been confirmed by experts.

Essex Police has now revealed that the 68-year-old was killed by two XL Bully dogs while inside the house.

Chief Superintendent Glen Pavelin said in a press conference: "I would also like to thank local people who tried to get into the house to help Esther Martin, you should be proud."

The man arrested on suspicion of dangerous dog offences is said to have had a "familial" relationship with the victim.