School girl, 11, taken to hospital following a stabbing before school in Manchester

An 11-year-old girl has been taken to hospital following a stabbing before school in north Manchester.

Police say a 12-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident on Chapel Lane near the Co-op Academy in Blackley on Monday morning. The victim suffered a ‘small laceration to the top of her shoulder’ and has since been discharged from hospital.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “At around 8.30am this morning, police were called to a report of a stabbing on Chapel Lane, Blackley.

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“Officers attended and located an 11-year-old girl with a small laceration to the top of her shoulder. She was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been discharged. A 12-year-old has since been arrested on suspicion of assault. Enquiries are on-going.”

A police van was pictured outside the school on Plant Hill Road on Monday morning.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We have attended a police incident at the school following a call at 8.22am and have taken a female patient to hospital.”

An 11-year-old girl was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury

A spokesperson for the Co-op Academy said: “We can confirm an incident occurred off-site today before school this morning. All involved are being looked after and supported. As this is the subject of an on-going police investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

A message sent to parents by the school, which has been seen by the Manchester Evening News, said the incident had been ‘dealt with quickly and appropriately’. It added: “We appreciate the concern from parents and carers and we have communicated as soon as we can after ensuring the safety of all students.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 18631 on 101 quoting log number 669 of March 28.

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