Teenage girl mauled to death by dogs in BritainWednesday 27 March 2013 08.27
A teenage girl mauled to death by "aggressive and out of control" dogs has been named as Jade Anderson.
The 14-year-old's body was found at a house in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, Wigan, shortly after 2pm following reports she was unconscious and a number of dogs were out of control.
Armed police officers destroyed four of the animals, thought to be two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers, while a fifth was contained, Greater Manchester Police said.
Superintendent Mark Kenny said the teenager's injuries were "consistent with her having been attacked by dogs".
Police said the girl was believed to have been visiting the address and nobody else was present. All five dogs were at the address.
Mr Kenny added: "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 inquiries 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."