Manchester mother slashed while defending children

A mother needed 200 stitches to her face after two masked raiders slashed her as she tried to stop them entering her children's bedroom in Manchester.

The children, aged one and seven, were in the bedroom when the armed men ran up the stairs of the woman's house in Moor Lane, Northern Moor.

The 34-year-old put herself between the men and the children's door during the attack on Sunday at 2300 BST.

Police are investigating if the attack was linked to a domestic incident.

'Terrible ordeal'

The mother was taken to hospital where she required 100 internal and 100 external stitches.

A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent is not thought to be one of the two raiders, police said.

The two offenders who fled the house are described as wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Det Con Dave Bigger, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "We have a number of positive lines of inquiry, but as two men have put these victims through a terrible ordeal, we are appealing for the public's help.

"While one arrest has been made, we still believe there are people out there who have information which could assist our inquiry, and we urge them to come forward."

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