Three-year-old boy dies in hospital after being 'mauled by dog'

A three-year-old boy has died after a suspected dog attack in Rochdale this afternoon.

Paramedics rushed to the scene in Milnrow, shortly after 1pm and found the toddler seriously injured.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead. No arrests have been made at this stage and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

Greater Manchester Police have said a criminal investigation has been launched following the attack.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels said: ‘This is a tragic, devastating incident and our thoughts are with the family at this horrendous time. We are investigating the incident and previous incidents involving dogs at this address.

‘While our enquiries to find out what happened will be thorough and are very much in their infancy, we suspect that this little boy has, sadly, succumbed to injuries received as a result of a dog attack.

‘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.’

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