Woman's body recovered from canal

A 72-year-old woman has died after crashing her car into a canal in Warrington.

Tributes paid to woman who died in canal

The family of 72-year-old Valerie Pritchard, who died after her car entered the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath, have paid tribute to her.

Valerie Pritchard Credit: Police / Family photograph

Valerie's family said:

"Our Mum, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Valerie Pritchard was tragically taken from us"

"She was a lovely lady who always had a full social life, meeting with her many friends for coffee mornings, art class and going to her local club to watch Warrington Wolves with her partner."

"She was also a keen gardener and loved to spend time doing craft work. She will be greatly missed by all her family and her partner."

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Scene in Warrington where car has crashed in canal

A car has crashed into the Ship Canal in Warrington. Emergency services are at the scene.

Emergency services at the scene Credit: ITV Granada

Local road closures are in place and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Local road closures are in place Credit: ITV Granada
Emergency services at the scene Credit: ITV Granada