Police in Rochdale are investigating after a boy died following a suspected dog attack.
Greater Manchester police were called by paramedics at 1.15pm on Sunday (15 May) to a rural address at Carr Lane, Milnrow.
A three-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.
GMP said no arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances - but they have learnt the boy was outdoors with a number of dogs before being found with serious injuries.
Several dogs have been seized and one destroyed.
What have police said?
GMP Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green said: “Our thoughts, of course, remain with the loved ones of the young boy who so sadly died following yesterday’s incident. Specially trained officers have been deployed to support them.
“A thorough investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and review other incidents of note. Due to previous contact, GMP’s Professional Standards Branch is making a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“It goes without saying that this news will have had an impact on the community. I can reassure members of the public that any criminal offences identified by our enquiries in relation to this incident will be dealt with accordingly by ourselves and our criminal justice partners.
“We are aware of speculation on social media and ask that members of the public and the media refrain from engaging in speculation at this time until our investigation is complete and any subsequent criminal proceedings have concluded.
“I understand this is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned and this news will rock the local community.
“I can only assure everyone that we will work relentlessly to establish the full circumstances that led to this tragedy and while we retain an open mind, this is now being dealt with as a criminal investigation.
“There will be a significant police presence in the area - we will be there to carry out an investigation and address any concerns residents may have.”
Police remained at the scene, along a country lane, on Monday.
- Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5413 quoting incident 1615 of 15/05/2022.
Information can also be reported online or by using the GMP LiveChat function, or call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.