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A teenager has drowned in a reservoir in Rochdale

Police at Greenboth Reservoir where teenager has drowned Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police are investigating after a teenager has drowned in a reservoir in Rochdale.

The boy is reported to have got into difficulties in the water at Greenbooth Reservoir.

A major emergency services operation was launched after the alarm was raised just before 6 pm tonight.

According to reports from witnesses he was in the water swimming with friends at the time.

One witness said the teen’s friends tried to help him in the water as they shouted at another group who were stood on the side of the reservoir to get help.

Police cordon at Greenbooth Reservoir Credit: Manchester Evening News

The tragedy on one of the hottest days of the year happened as the Canal and River Trust issued a warning today to young people to stay out of open water this summer.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a number of specialist firefighters were sent to the scene alongside a mountain rescue team.

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Man charged with raping a child in Rochdale

A man will appear in court later charged with raping a child in Rochdale.

Osman Ali, 24, of Corbett Street, Rochdale has been charged with six counts of raping a child under 13.

The charge comes following an investigation carried out by the multi-agency Rochdale Sunrise team into a report of child sexual exploitation made on 16 May 2017.

He has been remanded into custody to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today.

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