Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Tribute to 'dogs attack' girl, 14

Police attending a house in Wigan found a 15-year-old girl dead and five aggressive dogs

Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old girl who is thought to have been killed by a pack of "aggressive and out of control" dogs.

Jade Anderson's body was discovered with wounds consistent with a dog attack at a house, following reports she was unconscious.

It is thought the teenager was visiting the property in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, near Wigan and was alone with the four dogs - two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers - which were later shot by police marksmen.

A post-mortem examination to establish how Jade died is due to take place, with the dogs' remains also being examined as part of the investigation, police said.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "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." Armed officers destroyed the four dogs, while a fifth was contained, police said. 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 inquiries to find out what happened are ongoing, this girl's injuries are consistent with her having been attacked by dogs."

Friends paid tribute to the "quiet" and "timid" teenager, who is thought to have returned to the property from the shops with a meat pie when she was attacked. Locals said Jade was visiting the property to see a friend, Kimberley Concannon, 16, who lives there with her twin Catrina and mother Beverley Concannon.

A man who identified himself only as Jade's uncle, asked for the family to be left alone to come to terms with the tragedy. He said: "We don't even know what's happened yet. Jade was brilliant."

Jade was a pupil at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, which closed for the Easter break last Friday. A message on the school's Twitter feed said: "This afternoon we sadly lost one of our students, Jade Anderson. Our thoughts are with her parents and family."

In a statement, Jan Garretts, head teacher at Jade's school, said: "We are all deeply shocked and saddened by Jade's tragic death. She had only been a pupil at the school since the summer but had made a real impact in that short time. Jade was a lively student who always had a smile on her face. She loved music and dance and was a regular at our after-school dancing club. At what turned out to be her last day at school, Jade was given a progress report by her teachers and was told that everyone was delighted with the progress she was making. She will be greatly missed by the Fred Longworth School community. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this terrible time."

Well-wishers and members of the community visited the scene and left flowers and soft toys in tribute to Jade. One message, attached to a pink teddy bear, read: "We were blessed to have known you, you were a smart girl forever in our hearts. Simply the best. God bless from Peter, Nicola, Grandad Jack, Samuel and Lilly Rose. God bless your family."

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