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Baby pulled from River Irwell dies in hospital: Man arrested

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The boy was recovered from the river shortly before 16:30 BST

A baby boy pulled out of a river in Greater Manchester has died.

The boy, believed it be almost 12 months old, was pulled from the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Bury, just before 16:30 BST but died a short time later in hospital.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Det Sup Int Jamie Daniels said it was an “incredibly tragic incident” which has “has led to an innocent baby boy losing his life”.

Officers said it was not clear how the boy came to be in the water but unconfirmed reports suggest he was thrown from a bridge.

Enzo Cabuderra, who works at Italia Mia restaurant in neighbouring Stand Lane, said he arrived to find police and ambulance staff at the scene.

“I’ve got grandkids myself and to think that someone could do something like this… it’s just shocking,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service said crews “rescued one casualty who was then handed over to North West Ambulance Service”.

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