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Update - Death of Jade Anderson
Wednesday 27th March, 2013

Police have confirmed the identity of the 14-year-old girl who was found dead in a house in Atherton.

Although formal identification has yet to take place due to the ongoing investigation, police can confirm that the girl is believed to be Jade Anderson.

A post mortem examination will take place later today to establish the cause of death.

A Family Liaison Officer is now providing police support to the family and the investigation into the circumstances is continuing.

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, now identified as Jade. 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.

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

Superintendent Mark Kenny said: "This remains a deeply distressing incident for everyone involved and the wider community and our thoughts continue to be with Jade⿿s family.

"They are understandably devastated by what has happened, as are Jade's circle of friends.

"Our response is now two-fold - to continue to provide whatever support is necessary to the family alongside a painstaking investigation to establish the truth of what happened.

"With that in mind westill have a small scene at the house and residents will continue to see an increased police presence today and in the coming days.

"A post mortem will be carried out later today after which we hope to know more about how Jade died.

"Part of the investigation will also look at the breed of dogs, which have yet to be confirmed."

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