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Bolton stabbing: Parents pay tribute to the "light of our lives"

Emily Jones, 7, was killed in Queen's Park on Sunday. Credit: Family Photo

The family of a little girl who was stabbed to death in a Bolton park have paid tribute to her.

Emily Jones, 7, was attacked by a woman with a knife on Sunday afternoon in Queen's Park, she was treated by emergency services at the scene, but passed away a short while later.

The 30-year-old woman who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder was later assessed by specialist medical staff and detained under the Mental Health Act - she remains in a highly secure facility.

Emily's parents said: "Emily was 7-years-old, our only child and the light of our lives.

"She was always full of joy, love and laughter.

"Emily had such a cheeky smile and was beautiful inside and out. She had a heart as big as her smile."

Emily's parents said that she loved spending time with family and friends and had a "passion for outdoors and loved to play any sport"

The park was sealed off by police on Sunday evening. Credit: PA

They also thanked the emergency services and members of the public who assisted them in the park, with one man already being praised by police for detaining the woman who attacked Emily.

Her parents added: "We are beyond devastated that this random act of violence means that we will never get to see our beautiful little girl grow up into the wonderful young lady she was showing such promise of becoming.

"It is truly heart breaking to wake up to a world without Emily in it and we cannot comprehend why this has happened."

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information about the incident, which took place shortly before 2.35pm.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8797 or 101 quoting incident number 1430 of 22/03/20, or email

Anyone with any images or footage that could help inquiries should send them to

Information can also be passed to police anonymously, via the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.