A dog has died after reportedly being thrown from a shopping centre car park.

Police were called to reports that a Staffordshire Bull Terrier had been thrown from The Galleries Shopping Centre car park in Wigan at around 1.30pm yesterday (February 3.)

The animal hit a woman, 79, who was walking in the open air market below at the time.

She was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The dog was assessed by vets and had to be put down.

Speaking on Monday, Simon Tucker, centre manager at The Galleries, said:

"I can confirm that today there was an incident in The Galleries where a large dog fell from a balcony and collided with a female member of the public who was walking below. The incident took place at roughly 13.30 near the open market access adjacent to the entrance to Leigh Arcade. Regretfully the dog has had to be put to sleep and the lady involved in the incident is receiving medical treatment for minor injuries in hospital."

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said:

"At around 1.35pm on Monday 3 February 2020 police were called to a report of an injured dog in Wigan. "A dog - believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier - fell from a car park at The Galleries on Market Square in Wigan. "The dog was taken away by vets for assessment and was later put to sleep. "A 79-year-old woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries. "No arrests have been made".

Greater Manchester Police spokesperson

A Wigan Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of a serious incident at The Galleries today and are supporting staff and Greater Manchester Police with their investigations.”