Manchester

Boy, 13, stabbed in Sale as dog attacked

Stabbing scene
Image caption Extra police are patrolling in the area

A 13-year-old boy has been stabbed during an incident in which a dog was stabbed to death in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to Cherry Lane, Sale, at about 1645 GMT on Saturday after residents raised the alarm.

The teenager, whose condition is "stable", suffered a single knife wound to his back in the attack in which a rottweiler dog was killed.

Greater Manchester Police said investigations were continuing and officers were patrolling the streets.

In a statement released by the police, the boy's parents, who have not been named, said: "There is nothing worse than being told your 13-year-old child has been stabbed, and then to see him in hospital attached to all the tubes was heartbreaking.

"We just ask that anyone with information contacts the police immediately as anyone who could do this to a child needs catching."

Ch Supt Mark Roberts said: "I can understand that this incident will have caused alarm in the community, as incidents like this are rare.

"Nevertheless, we have a very robust police investigation with positive lines of inquiry.

"We have spoken to a number of people, both to get information from them to assist our inquiry and provide reassurance."

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