Jade Anderson was found dead at a house in Atherton, Wigan
Jade Anderson was found dead at a house in Atherton, Wigan

Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old girl believed to have been killed by a pack of out of control dogs at a house in Greater Manchester.

Jade Anderson was found dead after police were called to an address in Atherton, Wigan. She was found alone in the house with injuries that were "consistent with her having been attacked by dogs".

When police arrived at the home, they were confronted by the dogs, who were described as aggressive.

The dogs - believed to be bull mastiffs and Staffordshire bull terriers - were captured and destroyed. A fifth dog at the property was also removed.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out to establish the exact cause of Jade's death. The bodies of the destroyed dogs will also be examined.

Jade's best friend Ellie Morris wrote on Facebook: "Can't believe this has happened. My best friend dead, miss you so much baby girl, my princess. Love you so much, can't believe this has happened.

"You always called me your little sister, told me you will be there for me through thick and thin? Love you baby girl, thinking of you, RIP Jade Anderson, love you."

Another told ITV's Daybreak: "She was just a nice girl, she was just a good friend and she was always there for everyone if they were upset."

In a statement, Fred Longworth High School, which Jade attended, 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 told everyone was delighted with the progress she was making.

"The Fred Longworth community will miss her and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this terrible time."

Supt Mark Kenny said: "This is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned, including the community, and we will work hard to establish the full circumstances that led to this tragedy.

"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.

"It would be too early for us to speculate about what has happened, and further information will be released when it becomes available."