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Police Name Girl Who Died After Falling Into Canal Kidderminster

Imie HarrisonA young girl who died after falling into a canal in Kidderminster has been named by West Mercia Police as Imie Harrison.

Officers investigating the death of the six-year-old confirmed the name at a press conference this morning (Wednesday, 20 March).

Emergency services were called to the scene in Springfield Park - near the Wolverley Court Lock - at just before 6.20pm yesterday (Tuesday, 19 March) following reports that three children had fallen into the canal.

It appears that two of the children managed to get themselves out of the water but the third child, Imie, was in the water for some time before being rescued.

All three children were rushed to hospital but sadly Imie was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The two other children are expected to make a full recovery.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, Police Commander in North Worcestershire, said:
“This appears to be an extremely tragic accident at this stage and our thoughts are with Imie’s family, who are absolutely devastated by her death. I would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.

“Our investigation into this incident is continuing today and we are working hard to establish exactly how Imie came to be in the water.

“We will be working closely alongside partner agencies, including Children Services at the local authority, to support pupils from Imie’s school in Kidderminster. Safer Neighbourhood Teams will also be visible in the area to help the community come to terms with this tragic incident.”

Gail Quinton, Director of Children's Services for Worcestershire County Council said:
“We would like to express our deepest sympathy for family and friends following the tragic death last night of Imie Harrison.

“Worcestershire County Council's Children's Services are working very closely with the police to support the investigation and also the school to support pupils and staff at this very sad and difficult time.”

Issued: Wednesday, 20 March 2013

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