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Police believe boy who died in Rotherham canal was with a group

Officers investigating the death of a boy whose body was recovered from a Rotherham canal last night are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area to come forward.

Around 7pm yesterday, police received reports that an 11-year-old boy, had been seen going into the canal near to Stonerow Way near Parkgate Retail, Rotherham but had disappeared soon after.

Specialist resources attended the scene, including South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance Service. The body of the 11-year-old was recovered from the water at around 11pm.

We have a number of resources investigating the circumstances that led to this tragic incident where sadly a young life has been lost.

We believe that the boy was with a group of around eight other young people when he entered the water at around 7pm.

We are working to establish the full circumstances in the lead up to the incident but we would appeal for anyone who was in the area between 6pm and 7pm, and may have seen a group of young people or has any information, to please get in touch.

– nvestigating officer Temporary Detective Inspector Graham Stead

Police say no-one else was injured during the incident.

Formal identification is yet to have taken place and officers are working with both the coroner and family.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.


Joint search operation launched for 'person seen entering Rotherham canal'

A search operation involving both police and fire rescue service has been launched in Rotherham tonight after a person was seen entering the town's Fitzwilliam Canal.

Officers say they were called to Stone Row Way, Parkgate at 7.05pm this evening to reports that a person was seen entering the waters.

Searches are underway at the Canal with more details expected shortly.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd to meet with Orgreave campaigners

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd will meet with campaigners from the Orgeave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) after the summer recess, as calls grow for a public inquiry into the incident.

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham raised an urgent question with the new home secretary in the Commons earlier today as he demanded 'justice' for the campaigners.

However Ms Rudd said she will not be rushed into a decision but will consider it over the summer.

Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also called for an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave in Prime Minister Theresa May's first PMQs.

Thousands of miners and police officers clashed at the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham in June 1984.


Rotherham families waiting for bodies to be recovered from Didcot Power Station

The families of two men from Rotherham who died when the redundant Didcot power station collapsed are waiting for their bodies to be recovered.

The bodies of John Shaw and Ken Creswell are still trapped beneath debris

The remainder of the site was brought down in a controlled explosion yesterday.

John Shaw and Ken Cresswell and two other men were killed in February.

Watch: Final section of Didcot Power Station demolished

Six arrests for conspiracy to commit murder in South Yorkshire

Shots were heard in the Burncross area of Sheffield Credit: ITV News

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder in South Yorkshire.

A 24-year-old woman and five men, aged 21, 22, 24 and two 23-year-olds, are currently in police custody being questioned by detectives.

Their arrest follows an incident on Friday 15 July in the Burncross road area of Chapeltown in Sheffield. Witnesses reported shots were fired.

The six were arrested in connection with the incident a short while later in the Upper Wortley Road area of Rotherham.

“The investigation is in the very early stages and while we have made arrests, I would urge anyone who has any information to please come forward and make contact with police.

“There will be additional patrols in the Chapeltown area and a more visible police presence to provide reassurance to the local community, and if anyone has concerns I would encourage them to please get in touch.

"If anyone has any information or concerns, they should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1325 of 15 July 2016."

– Detective Sergeant Andy Shields
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