Schoolgirl stabbed in street

The scene of the stabbing of a girl on Stranraer Road, Marsh Green
The scene of the stabbing of a girl on Stranraer Road, Marsh Green

A 12-year-old Wigan schoolgirl has undergone emergency surgery after she was stabbed twice in the back.

The unnamed youngster was attacked in broad daylight in the street close to her home in Stranraer Road, Marsh Green.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and is being questioned by police over the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington of Wigan CID said: “This incident is understandably going to cause concern in the local community.

“However, I would like to try and reassure people that this was an isolated incident and a man was arrested shortly afterwards. He remains in custody where we are continuing to question him.

“There are extra officers patrolling in the area to provide reassurance to residents and if anyone has any concerns or has information they wish to pass to police about this incident, they can either speak directly to these officers or call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7252 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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