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Teenager drowns after swimming in lake

Lake in Pelsall Credit: ITV News Central

Police say a 15-year-old boy has drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming with friends in a lake in Pelsall.

Police, ambulances and fire crews were called to the Ryder's Hayes estate shortly after 7pm yesterday (20 June).

Shortly after 9pm West Midlands Police confirmed a boy had died after getting into difficulties in the lake behind the estate, known as the Ackers. A spokesman said:

Emergency services are at Ryders Hayes Mear off Ryders Hayes Lane in Walsall where a teenage boy got into difficulty while swimming in the lake with friends around 7pm this evening.

Sadly fire service colleagues recovered the 15-year-old’s body just over an hour later. Officers are currently with the boy’s family. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

While staff on the ground searched the area, both the air ambulance and a police helicopter searched the lake from the air.

Tragically, the boy was later recovered from the water and was confirmed dead at the scene.

Although it is very hot at the moment, the dangers of going into open water cannot be underestimated.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Man charged with terrorism offence

Lysways Street, Walsall Credit: ITV News Central

A 27-year-old man has been charged with distributing a terrorist publication.

Christopher Jesus Soares from Lysways Street in Walsall, was arrested on Monday (12 June) as part of a pre-planned and intelligence-led investigation.

Soares will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday 19 June.

The arrest and charge is not connected to the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.


Police continue to question Walsall terror suspect

Credit: WMCTU.

Police are continuing to question a 27-year-old man from Walsall on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Officers say the arrest yesterday afternoon was pre-planned and there was no threat to public safety, an address in Walsall remains the subject of an ongoing search.

The arrest is not connected to any recent attacks in London or Manchester according to Police.

Man arrested over terrorism offences


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