Canal tragedy: The latest

Police are investigating the death of six-year-old Imie Harrison who fell into a canal yesterday evening. The girl was one of two children who fell into the water in Springfield Park, Kidderminster.

Family of girl who fell into canal are 'absolutely devastated'

Police investigating the death of a six-year-old girl who fell into a canal in Kidderminster on Tuesday say the family are 'absolutely devastated'.

The girl was one of three children who fell into the water near Springfield Park, shortly before 6.20pm.

The other two children are 'expected to make a full recovery'.

Police are carrying out an investigation to determine how the children came to be in the water.

"Our investigation into this tragic incident is continuing this morning and we are working hard to establish exactly how the girl came to be in the water.

"The family of the six-year-old are absoloutely devastated by their loss and I would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.

"Out of respect for the dead girl's family, we will not be confirming her identity at this early stage but there may be further updates later in the day."

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell

West Mercia Police: Investigation is at an 'early stage'

A young girl has died after falling into the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal in Kidderminster.

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal in Kidderminster Credit: Daybreak

Last night, West Mercia Police said: "The investigation into this incident is at an early stage and no further comments will be made until tomorrow morning."

They added that the two other children with the girl, who also fell into the water, "are expected to make a full recovery."

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Police investigate canal death of six-year-old girl

by Jonathan Swain - Daybreak Senior News Correspondent

Police are investigating the death of a six-year-old girl who fell into a canal in Kidderminster.

The girl was one of three children who fell into the water near Springfield Park, shortly before 6.20pm on Tuesday.

Two of the children managed to escape, but the third child was in the canal for some time, she died on the way to Birmingham's Children's Hospital.

It is unclear whether the children were alone or with adults at the time of the accident.

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