Canal tragedy neighbour describes scene of 'shock' and 'concern'

Tewkesbury Admag: Picture: Jonathon Waring. Picture: Jonathon Waring.

A KIDDERMINSTER resident living near to the scene of a tragedy involving a six-year-old girl has described an atmosphere of “shock” and “concern” as neighbours heard what was happening.

Jonathon Waring, of The Foxholes, said so many police and other emergency services surrounded Springfield Park he “thought it was a manhunt”.

The six-year-old girl fell into the canal at Springfield Park - near the Wolverley Court Lock - just before 6.20pm last night. She was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Mr Waring said: “There was a lot of police and fire engines coming along the Stourbridge Road then we heard the police helicopter flying very low and it landed on Springfield Park. It dropped two people off and they ran across the field.

“I went down to have a look and there was a lot of ambulance and police and fire crews everywhere and by the canal crossing. I thought it was a manhunt because so many were there, I went up to Wolverley and there were officers up there as well.

“Residents were telling us that a little girl had fallen in. A lot of people had come out of their houses and were stood in their driveways. Everyone was very shocked and devastated about what was going on.

“We were very concerned and worried about the little girl. Some people were saying why is there no fences by the canal but then you cannot fence a whole canal off.”

He said after police arrived at the scene the helicopter arrived at about 6.30pm and left about 50 minutes later.

Two other children, who also fell in, are expected to make a full recovery.

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9:59pm Wed 20 Mar 13

FranOb says...

The Foxholes is more than a mile from Wolverley Lock and a good mile from where the little girl lived!
No way is he a "near neighbour"!
The Foxholes is more than a mile from Wolverley Lock and a good mile from where the little girl lived! No way is he a "near neighbour"! FranOb
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10:36pm Wed 20 Mar 13

Cynical Sid says...

…and your point is??

Mr Warring is describing what he observed. Where exactly does he say he is a “near neighbour”? Does it really matter where he lives? Give it a rest FranOb
…and your point is?? Mr Warring is describing what he observed. Where exactly does he say he is a “near neighbour”? Does it really matter where he lives? Give it a rest FranOb Cynical Sid
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6:50am Thu 21 Mar 13

TmP says...

A tragic accident to happen, one must remember that children of all ages need to be supervised at all times around any water. Hopefully this accident will bring it to the forefront of everyone's mind.
My thoughts and sympathy go to the family and friends at this time.
A tragic accident to happen, one must remember that children of all ages need to be supervised at all times around any water. Hopefully this accident will bring it to the forefront of everyone's mind. My thoughts and sympathy go to the family and friends at this time. TmP
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10:32pm Thu 21 Mar 13

mrmiserable says...

These children have been seen regularly playing by the canal unsupervised so it was just waiting to happen. RIP little one.
These children have been seen regularly playing by the canal unsupervised so it was just waiting to happen. RIP little one. mrmiserable
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11:06pm Thu 21 Mar 13

kidderlord says...

unless u have a constructive or sympathetic comment oborski then shut up
unless u have a constructive or sympathetic comment oborski then shut up kidderlord
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10:12am Fri 22 Mar 13

lizzyloolah says...

kidderlord wrote:
unless u have a constructive or sympathetic comment oborski then shut up
My sentiments exactly. All the sanctimonious comments in the world could not make this little girls parents feel any worse than they already do. I read about tragedies in the News and my first though is always 'There, but for the grace of God, go I'. Bless you, little one. R.I.P.
[quote][p][bold]kidderlord[/bold] wrote: unless u have a constructive or sympathetic comment oborski then shut up[/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly. All the sanctimonious comments in the world could not make this little girls parents feel any worse than they already do. I read about tragedies in the News and my first though is always 'There, but for the grace of God, go I'. Bless you, little one. R.I.P. lizzyloolah
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