Police try to trace man over stabbing of boy in Sale

Stabbing scene
Image caption Extra police are patrolling in the area

Police in Greater Manchester have said they are trying to trace a man who they believe was responsible for an attack in which a 13-year-old boy was stabbed.

The teenager suffered a stab wound to his back and his rottweiler was killed in playing fields near Cherry Lane, Sale, on Saturday afternoon.

He remains in a stable condition at Wythenshawe Hospital, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.

He said the force was not in a position to identify the man at this stage.

'Nothing worse'

Supt Shirley Cullis-Wilding said she believed it was an "isolated incident".

She said: "We have had a fantastic response from the community with information that has supported this investigation.

"As a result they have helped our inquiries which are continuing.

"We are trying to establish what went on before, what went on during and certainly trying to find out who was responsible for the incident."

An increased police presence remains in the area.

In a statement released by the police on Sunday, the boy's parents said there was "nothing worse than being told your 13-year-old son has been stabbed".

They said seeing him injured in hospital was "heartbreaking".

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