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Man arrested after boy rescued from River Irwell in Radcliffe

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

Police attended the scene shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday after reports that a child was in the River Irwell in Radcliffe.

The child, whose age has not been confirmed, was rescued after emergency services attended the scene. He was taken to hospital where 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 inquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting the incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

A spokeswoman 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).”

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