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XL Bully meet-up taking place in Stafford park on Saturday, as police say 'we will be in the area'

A meeting of XL Bully owners and their dogs has been planned for a Stafford park on Saturday as organisers say they want to show the "true colours" of the breed.

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A meet-up of XL Bully dogs and their owners will take place in Stafford on Saturday.

It comes as organisers of a similar event in Birmingham changed plans for a protest walk by telling owners not to bring their dogs after receiving criticism online.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the American XL Bully breed would be banned before the end of the year after two dogs, understood to be XL Bullies, fatally attacked 52-year-old Ian Price in Stonnall last Thursday.

The father-of-two's death sparked outrage across the country but the issue of banning the breed has become contentious for many dog lovers.

Ian Price was a beloved father-of-two and Aston Villa fan.

An online petition, "Bad owners are to blame not the breed - don't ban the XL bully", has received more than 560,000 signatures in the last week.