UK Bolton park 'murder': Seven year old, Girl, was stabbed to death by stranger in front of parents

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The parents of a seven-year-old girl witnessed her being stabbed to death during a random attack by a stranger during a public park in Bolton, police have said.

The suspect, a 30-year-old woman, was detained under the psychological state Act on Monday, following the incident in Queen's Park, Bolton, at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

Police also praised the bravery of a member of the general public who detained a lady suspected of stabbing the girl.

The heroic witness stepped in after the horrific incident in Queen’s Park, Bolton, yesterday at around 2.30pm.

Police subsequently arrested the lady on suspicion of murder and she or he was later detained under the psychological state Act.

Assistant Chief Constable Rush Jackson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "It is tough to explain how terrible this incident was.

"The attack happened ahead of the oldsters of this tiny girl, who had taken her out yesterday afternoon to enjoy the spring sun and play within the park.

"Having seen this horrendous attack, a member of the general public bravely chased after the lady and detained her until police arrived and arrested her.

"I would really like to thank him for his actions which enabled us to quickly arrest her and stop anything from happening.

"The woman arrested yesterday at the scene of the attack on the small girl in Bolton has now been detained under the psychological state Act.

"We have informed the family of the woman's detention.

"They are understandably distraught over what happened yesterday and that we will still support them with family liaison officers within the coming months."

Mr Jackson added: "Several officers who attended the park were very young in commission within the police, some with only weeks on independent police patrol.

"They and every one the officers who visited the scene are incredibly upset over what went on and every one folks have this tiny girl and her family in our thoughts.

"I want to worry that this is often not an end to the criminal investigation. we'll consider the evidence and consult the Crown Prosecution Service and, if appropriate, we'll be seeking criminal charges."
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The girl, whom police haven't yet identified, suffered "extremely serious injuries" and died a brief time later.

Police officers stood guard on a neighborhood of the park cordoned off by "Crime scene - don't enter" tape as forensic investigations continued.

The area may be a few hundred yards from a children's play area.

On Monday morning, the park was bathed in sunshine but almost deserted apart from dog walkers, though tributes of flowers and teddy bears had been left at park gates and at a tree on the sting of the cordon.

A card from Heaton Preschool, signed by "Auntie Shelley, Jodi, Becki and Auntie Laura", read: "Good night princess, fly high! Always in our thoughts."

A teddy and flowers were left beside the cardboard , with two more teddies and flowers left inside the park.

Neither the girl or the lady detained under the psychological state Act has been named by police.

Kyra Coop was within the park at the time of the incident.

She told the Manchester Evening News she saw two cops running across the park as fast as they might .

”Then we saw the large ambulance hovering over and landing," she said.

”You know once you see that it's something serious.

”Then a woman ran over and said a touch girl had been stabbed.

"The police started coming round and asking everyone to go away , and that’s what we did.

Ms Coop was surprised by the incident, she said.

“We had to reassure the youngsters as they were really upset.”

Another witness said: "There's around 10 police cars I can see.

"It's a very heavy police presence. Both main entrances to the park are closed and it's just like the entire park has been cordoned off.

"There's around 10 officers guarding one entrance. there is a little bit of a crowd of individuals forming also ."

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