Man arrested on suspicion of attemped murder after child found in river

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young boy was pulled from a river in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell in Greater Manchester shortly before 4.25pm today.

The boy, whose age has not been confirmed, was rescued from the river and taken to hospital.

He is in a critical condition.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody for questioning.

“An investigation is under way and enquiries are ongoing.”

A police cordon is in place in Blackburn Street surrounding a town centre bridge.

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A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 4.28pm to a rescue of a person in water in Pilkington Way, Radcliffe.

“Fire engines from Whitefield, Farnworth and Eccles attended the incident along with a water incident unit from Eccles.

“Crews rescued one casualty who was then handed over to NWAS (North West Ambulance Service).”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident 1930 of 11/09/2019 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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