THE heartbroken parents of a seven-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed in a popular park described their daughter as the "light of our lives" in an emotional tribute to their only child.

Emily Jones died on Sunday after being attacked by a woman with a knife.

Her family and emergency services, who were called at around 2.30pm, fought hard to save her.

Emily had been in the park with the family on Mother's Day when she was attacked by a stranger.

Her 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 was never happier than when she was spending time with her family and friends, she was our own little social butterfly.

“Emily had a passion for the outdoors and loved to play any sport, even when she was wearing her pink sparkly dresses!!

“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.

“We would like to thank the members of the public that assisted us in the park and express our gratitude to the emergency services for doing their upmost to save Emily’s life. “Thank you to everyone for their kind messages of support and for continuing to respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

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

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information. Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8797 or 101 quoting incident number 1430 of the 22/03/20, or email Anyone with any images or footage that could assist enquiries should send them to
Information can also be passed to police anonymously, via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.