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Update on incident in Atherton
Tuesday 26th March, 2013

Police are offering support to the family of a 14-year-old girl who was 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 14-year-old girl. 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.

The girl is believed to have been visiting the address and nobody else was present. All five dogs were at the address.

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

"While our enquiries to find out what happened are ongoing, this girl's injuries are consistent with her having been attacked by dogs.

"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 evening. We will be there to carry out an investigation and address any concerns residents may have."

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