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Teenage girl found dead and dogs destroyed
Tuesday 26th March, 2013

A teenage girl has been found dead in a house in Atherton.

Shortly after 2pm on Tuesday 26 March 2013, police were called to an address on Chaucer Grove following a report of a teenage girl being seen unconscious and a number of dogs being out of control.

Officers attended and found the body of a girl, believed to be 15-years-old. They were confronted by a number of dogs that were aggressive and out of control.

As part of their response to this incident, four dogs were humanely destroyed by armed police officers. They will now be examined as part of the investigation.

A fifth dog was inside the house and was securely contained throughout.

Superintendent Mark Kenny said: "First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has tragically lost her life.

"I understand this is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned, including the community, and we will work hard to establish the full circumstances that lead to this tragedy.

"There will be a significant police presence in the area, which will remain this afternoon and evening. We will be there to carry out an investigation and address any concerns residents may have.

"It would be too early for us to speculate about what has happened, and further information will be released when it becomes available."

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