BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth 'utterly heartbroken' as her dog is killed in horrific car accident

BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth has been left 'utterly heartbroken' after her dog was killed in a car accident.

The 52-year-old took to Twitter to share the sad news that her pup Winnie was hit by a car and died on Friday night.

She wrote: "Our gorgeous cavapoo puppy Winnie died on Friday night. She was hit by a car, chasing squirrels.

"I never knew it was possible to love a dog that much. A total joy and my constant companion. She was also my newest running buddy. She loved running. Utterly heartbroken."

Sophie's tweet was flooded with supportive messages, including one from BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker saying he was 'very sorry'.

Alongside a snap of his own poodle cross, Dan tweeted: "Very sorry to hear that Sophie. They just become such an important part of life."

Fellow newsreader Ashitha Nagesh added: "This is such sad news, I'm so sorry for your loss x."

BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell wrote: "Oh Sophie. I'm so sorry. It's heartbreaking and crushing. Give yourself time to grieve. The loss is equivalent to a family member – to those who truly love."

News anchor Maryam Moshiri and royal correspondent Katie Nicholl also offered their condolences, while TV star Davina McCall also replied: "Nooooooooo… nooo… I'm so sorry x."

Fans also reached out, sharing photos of their own dogs and messages of support from those who had sadly lost their own dogs in similar circumstances.

Sophie presents the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, daily. She recently shared her experiences of feeling claustrophobic while presenting the news during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An avid running fan, Sophie told Runner's World UK: "It was the first story I've ever done where it wasn't something you could escape. After all, it's affecting your life as much as everybody else's.

"This has been like no story I've ever done before. At work we live and breathe it, there's no escape whatsoever. I did start to feel really claustrophobic."

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