A man is being held for suspected murder after a boy dies hours after being pulled from a river in Greater Manchester.

Police were called to report that just before 4:25 pm, a child was in the Irwell River in Greater Manchester.

The boy was pulled out of the river, but died after being taken to the hospital.

He is said to have been around one year old.

The nearby pub was closed
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The nearby pub was closed

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester police said, "A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody."

A police helicopter was used to rescue the child, GMP said.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels said, "This is an incredibly tragic incident that has led to an innocent boy losing his life, and we are doing everything we can to support his family in this unimaginably devastating time.

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"I know that his loss will be felt by the whole community and our thoughts are with his loved ones tonight.

"A murder investigation is under way and we are working hard to clarify the circumstances that led the baby to land in the water."

On Blackburn Street, which surrounds a bridge in the city center, there is a police cordon.

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called to rescue a person in the water at 16.28 in Pilkington Way, Radcliffe.

Whitefield, Farnworth and Eccles fire vehicles participated in the incident along with Eccles' waterfront facility.

"The crews rescued an accident victim, who was then handed over to NWAS (North West Ambulance Service)."

According to the Manchester Evening News, the nearby Lock Keeper Pub and Fuzzy Ed's gaming area were closed by the police.

The newspaper also reports that several witnesses saw the man who was arrested sitting in the bar before the police entered.

Anyone with information should call 101 Quote Incident 1930 dated 09.11.19 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.