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Warning over playing near open water after boy left in critical condition

An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he fell into a river near Keighley yesterday.

The boy was playing with older children at Tinker Bridge in Braithwaite at around 11.30am yesterday. He fell into the water and did not resurface immediately.

Emergency services staff rescued the boy and took him to Leeds General Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.

It is believed he hit his head as he fell into the water, causing him a serious head injury.

West Yorkshire police have renewed their appeal for people to be careful near rivers, and not go swimming.

"On a hot summer's day, open water like streams, rivers and canals can look inviting.

"But these waterways are not swimming pools. There are no lifeguards in case someone gets into difficulty and there can be hidden currents which can catch out even an experienced swimmer.

"The temperature of open water is often very cold and this can also cause difficulties. People suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure and possible drowning.

"Water rescues can also put the lives of emergency services staff at risk. Compromising their own safety to help others is often part of the job, but situations like this are wholly avoidable.

"We want people of all ages to enjoy a safe and pleasant summer, but this shows how easily accidents can occur. Please stay safe and stay out of the water."

– Insp Sue Sanderson, West Yorkshire Police



Motorcyclist killed in crash and police hunt for nearby car

A motorcycle rider has been killed in a crash in Oxenhope, Keighley this evening.

It happened at about 6:20pm on Hebden Bridge Road when a Suzuki motorbike, which had been heading towards Oxenhope hit a street lamp, killing the 57-year-old rider.

Although the investigation is at an early stage, police believe a car may have been on the road close by at the time. The car did not stop and officers want to speak to the driver to find out what happened.

This is a serious incident and we are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to come forwards.

Initial enquiries are underway to determine precisely what took place but at this stage it is believed a car was close by when the incident occured. We urgently need to speak to the driver, believed to be a man, to help establish what took place and I would encourage him to come forwards now to speak with us.

This man or anyone who can assist with enquiries should contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon, West Yorkshire Police

All clear given after Keighley bomb scare

A number of homes were evacuated in Braithwaite, Keighley after what is thought to be a Second World War shell was found in a garden.

Bomb scare in Keighley

Police forwarded pictures of the shell to army bomb experts at Catterick who decided it was not dangerous.

The road has now reopened and residents allowed to return to their homes.

The bomb disposal team are expected to collect the bomb later.

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