A teenage boy who knocked on a door of a nearby home in a desperate quest for help after being stabbed has died, police say.
Detectives have opened a murder investigation after the 15-year-old died in hospital following the early morning stabbing near a school in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to Walker Avenue in Great Lever just before 4:45am on Tuesday.
The young victim had knocked on the door of a nearby house for help following the incident, the force said.
He was taken to hospital with several stab wounds but later died from his injuries, police confirmed.
No arrests have yet been made.
Detective Superintendent Chris Bridge, of Wigan and Bolton Districts Police said: “This incident will understandably be a huge shock to the community and our thoughts are with the boy’s family at this awful time.
“These are very early stages of our investigation but we would like to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to piece together what happened and find those responsible.
“There will be an increased police presence in the area whilst we carry out a number of lines of enquiry and anyone concerned in the local neighbourhood can speak to our officers.
“I would urge anyone who may have information or witnessed anything in the area to come forward. Even the smallest information may be crucial to our investigation.”
Parents of pupils at SS. Simon & Jude Primary School were sent a text message this morning informing them of a ‘serious incident’ as roads around the scene remained cordoned off, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The message said: “We have been informed that there has been a serious incident near school last night.
A few roads are closed. This will impact on your journey to school.
Please be mindful of this as you may need to take different route to school.”
A large cordon remained in place on Tuesday morning, as detectives investigating the death taped off a number of streets.