12-Year-Old Girl Found Drowned In Manchester River
A 12-year-old has died after drowning in a river, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.
Police were called to the River Irwell in Bury (Greater Manchester) at around 19.55 BST yesterday (June 27), following reports a young person had begun to struggle in the water.
Underwater teams were sent to search the river, and the body of a 12-year-old schoolgirl was tragically discovered.
An official police statement read: "A 12-year-old girl has sadly drowned in a river in Bury.
"At around 7.55pm on Thursday 27 June 2019, police were called to reports of a concern for the welfare of a young person last seen in the River Irwell close to Dunster Road in Bury.
"Emergency services quickly responded and underwater search teams were sent to examine the area.
"Sadly, officers discovered the body of a 12-year-old girl.
"Specially trained officers are supporting the child's family at this difficult time."
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The name of the schoolgirl has not yet been released.
Speaking about the incident, Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident in which a young girl has lost her life, and my thoughts are with her family at this devastating time.
"We have a team of detectives working on this, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.
"With the warmer weather, it's tempting to go into the water to cool off, but I'd like to remind everyone of the dangers of playing near or swimming in rivers, lakes and reservoirs and would strongly urge against this."
Anyone with information should contact 0161 856 8172 quoting reference number 2154 of 27/06/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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