Woman and child die after car found sunk in pond near RAF Wittering base in Cambridgeshire

The scene of the crash near RAF Wittering.
Credit: ITV News Anglia
The crash scene has been fenced off since the vehicle was recovered. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A child and a woman have died after a car was found sunk in a pond near an airbase.

A member of the public alerted police to a vehicle in the water near RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire at about 6.20pm on Saturday.

Police, fire crews and paramedics attended the scene on Old Oundle Road, to the back of the base, and pulled a woman and child from the blue Ford Focus.

The boy was taken to Peterborough City Hospital for treatment, but later died, while the woman died at the scene.

Police say they do not know at this stage how long the car had been in the water.

The age of the child has not been revealed while formal identification procedures are carried out.

Police do not know how long the car had been in the water. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The scene of the crash is near a right-angle turn, just yards from perimeter of RAF Wittering.

Plants and vegetation between the pond and the road has been crushed, possibly by the car and recovery vehicles used to drag it from the water.

It is unclear whether the pond would have been visible behind the plants at the time of the crash.

Temporary fencing has been installed around the pond, after the concrete posts and chain-link fence which had been there was damaged in the crash.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact them on 101 or online, quoting 414 of 3 September.

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