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Wigan pupil get dog safety lessons in memory of Jade

The parents of a 14 year old girl killed in an attack by four dogs are taking a safety campaign into schools in Wigan.

Jade Lomas Anderson was mauled to death at a neighbour's house.

Jade's mum Shirley and stepfather Michael have been working tirelessly to promote responsible dog ownership and safety as part of Jade's Campaign.

Amy Welch reports.

"I wish she could be here" sister of Jade who was mauled to death by dog in Wigan speaks of her loss

The sister of the school girl Jade Lomas Anderson who was mauled to death by a neighbours dog in Wigan has talked about how much she misses her.

Sianna Anderson, 9, is one of the pupils at a dog safety class which will be rolled out to every school in Wigan.

The campaign has been launched by Jade and Sianna's parents in conjunction with the animal charity Blue Cross.

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Wigan pupils learn about dog safety

Pupils at St Richard's RC Primary school learning about dog safety Credit: ITV Granada, Amy Welch

Pupils at St Richard's RC Primary school are taking part in a dog safety programme.

Blue Cross pet charity has launched a new education initiative to ensure that every primary school pupil in Wigan will take part in a Be Safe with Dogs talk over the next year.

Jade Lomas Anderson Credit: Family photo

The initiative which is being delivered by Wigan Council in partnership with the charity is being launched just over a year after Jade Lomas Anderson died following an attack by a pack of dogs at a friend's home in Atherton.

Jade's mum Shirley and stepfather Michael have been working tirelessly to promote responsible dog ownership and safety as part of Jade's Campaign.

School children to get lessons in dog safety

Jade Anderson

The parents of a girl killed by a pack of dogs are launching a safety campaign across schools in Wigan. Jade Lomas Anderson who was just 14 was mauled to death in an attack at a friends house last March.

Today talks will go ahead at St Richard's RC Primary school in Atherton but every school in the town will take part in the scheme over the next year. The initiative, is being delivered by Wigan Council in partnership with Blue Cross pet charity.

Jades stepfather Michael Anderson said:

"It is so important to educate young people about this subject and we really hope that schools and organisations will take part. The sessions can be delivered in just 20 minutes and will provide vital information for children and their parents.

Over 200,000 people are involved in dog attacks every year and through this programme we hope to make a real difference as part of Jade's legacy."

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Rochdale child sex abuse gang refused leave to appeal

Nine men who were part of the Rochdale child sex abuse ring have been refused leave to appeal against their convictions and jail sentences.

The sex offenders were part of a gang who received jail sentences of between four and 19 years from a judge who said they had treated their victims "as though they were worthless and beyond any respect".

Top - L to R: Abdul Rauf, Hamid Safi, Mohammed Sajid, Abdul Aziz. Bottom - L to R: Abdul Qayyum, Adil Khan, Mohammed Amin, Kabeer Hassan. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

Following the trial, the Crown Prosecution Service, Greater Manchester Police and Rochdale Social Services were forced to apologise for failing to bring the paedophile gang to justice sooner.

The news that the men have been refused leave to appeal against their sentences and convictions comes the day after Britain's top prosecutor called new guidelines for child sex abuse cases "the most fundamental attitude shift" in the criminal justice system in a generation.

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Family 'disgusted' as dog death owner goes free

The family of a 14-year-old girl savaged to death by four dogs said they were "disgusted" after the owner walked free from court with a suspended sentence.

14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson was mauled to death by four dogs. Credit: Family handout

Beverley Concannon kept one of her dogs, a big American bull mastiff, in a tiny cage where it went "stir crazy," along with two other pit bulls and a bull mastiff which were all kept cooped up in her council house.

The conditions led to them becoming stressed and "hyper aggressive" before they turned on Jade Lomas-Anderson at the house in Atherton, Greater Manchester on March 26.

Dog owner handed suspended sentence

A woman who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a pack of dogs that went on to kill a girl from Greater Manchester has been given a suspended jail term.

Beverley Concannon was sentenced to 16 weeks, suspended for 12 months at Wigan Magistrates Court. She's also been handed an indefinite ban on keeping dogs.

Jade Lomas Anderson was mauled to death at a house in Atherton in March. The 14 year old was visiting a friend during her school holidays. Armed officers shot dead the four dogs at the house.

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