Michael, who lives with his family nearby, is understood to have been kicking a football around with Roxy and a man on wasteland near to St Margaret Ward Primary School next to Catterick Avenue.The public reaction:
A man with a pit bull-type dog arrived at the scene and the animals are believed to have clashed. It led to a scuffle between the owner and the man with Michael.
The pit bull owner is believed to have left the scene but returned later by car. By that time, the man Michael was with is thought to have left.
The dog owner and Michael are then believed to have argued before the teenager was stabbed. He suffered a single wound in the back. Roxy is then understood to have been knifed as she tried to protect Michael, a year nine pupil at Blessed Thomas Holford School in Altrincham.
Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: 'It's unbelievable, really. How could someone do that to a 13-year-old boy? I hope they find out who did it.'The official police line:
Chief Supt Mark Roberts said: 'I can understand that this incident will have caused alarm in the community, as incidents like this are rare. Nevertheless, we have a very robust investigation with positive lines of inquiry. We have spoken to a number of people, both to get information from them to assist our inquiry and provide reassurance. The wider community in the area should not be concerned about their own safety.'Not ‘thankfully rare’? Or would that be stretching things too far, perhaps?
And just how is it that the public ‘should not be concerned for their own safety’? You have a man at large who thinks nothing of settling a scuffle between two pets with a knife hours later, with apparently no fear of the law.
How can something like that not alarm the community?