A TEENAGE boy has been stabbed to death near a school this morning. 

A murder investigation has been launched following the fatal stabbing of a teenager at around 4.43am on Tuesday morning, May 4.

The boy was taken to hospital with several stab wounds but died from his injuries.

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The victim had knocked on the door of a nearby house for help following the incident.

No arrests have yet been made and detectives are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry. 

Two rapid response vehicles, an advanced paramedic and an emergency ambulance attended the scene.

There is a large police presence in the area, streets have been blocked off and local residents have been told not to leave their homes.

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SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School, which is close to where the incident occurred on Walker Avenue in Bolton, told parents there will be limited access to the school.

Detective Superintendent Chris Bridge, of Wigan and Bolton Districts, 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."

A group text message sent to parents at SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School this morning read: "We have been informed that there has been a serious incident near school last night.

"A few roads are closed. This will impact your journey to school.

"Please be mindful of this as you may need to take a different route to school."

A second message read: "The police have informed me that the following streets are blocked off and there will be no access to school.

"Walker Avenue, Lowick Avenue, Linstead Avenue and Royland Court.

"If you live in these streets you will not be allowed to leave your house until directed by the police."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident 359 of 04/05/2021 or report online at gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.