A teenage girl named as Jade Anderson has been found dead in a house in Greater Manchester by police investigating reports of out-of-control dangerous dogs.

Police were called to an address in Atherton to investigate reports of an unconscious girl in a house with four out-of-control dogs present. The body of Jade, aged 14, was found.

Police were confronted by the dogs, who were described as aggressive.

The dogs - believed to bull mastiffs and Staffordshire bull terriers - were captured and destroyed.

A fifth dog at the property was also removed.

Jade was reported to have been visiting the home of friend, who had left her alone with the dogs to go out.

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."

A post mortem test ias under way to establish how Jade died. It is not known whether she was mauled by the animals. The carcasses of the dogs will also be examined.

Police said officers were offering support to Jade's family.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire bull terrier