Emer­gency crews search river after pram dumped in water

BUT PO­LICE SAY BABY EQUIP­MENT WAS LEFT AT SCENE BY CAR THIEVES

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By DA­MON WILKIN­SON and SO­PHIE HALLE-RICHARDS @MENnews­desk

PO­LICE ‘do not be­lieve any­one is in danger or has come to harm’ after a pram dumped in a river at a beauty spot sparked a huge emer­gency ser­vices re­sponse.

Divers spent about three hours search­ing the river at Etherow Coun­try Park in Stock­port yes­ter­day after a walker spot­ted a buggy in the water.

Now po­lice say they be­lieve the pram and other baby equip­ment was dumped by car thieves

Wit­nesses say the grey and black pram, a child’s car seat and other baby equip­ment were seen strewn across the con­crete steps of a weir in the River Etherow this morning.

A Greater Manch­ester Po­lice spokes­woman said: “At around 11.38am to­day (Sun­day, December 29), a walker re­ported to po­lice the dis­cov­ery of some prop­erty near to Etherow Coun­try Park in Stock­port.

“Emer­gency ser­vices at­tended and as a pre­cau­tion the fire ser­vice searched the river.

“At this stage, of­ficers be­lieve that the prop­erty was de­posited from a pass­ing ve­hi­cle, which po­lice to be­lieve to be stolen. Of­ficers do not be­lieve any­one is in danger or has come to harm.”

Speak­ing shortly after fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene a Greater Manch­ester Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spokes­woman said: “Greater Manch­ester Po­lice called us at 11.52am.

“A pram and a child’s be­long­ings were seen at the weir, but we are not aware of any­one be­ing re­ported in the water and we have not found any­one in the water.”

Matt Cooke, who lives close to the scene, was jog­ging through the park when the emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived.

He said: “As I left the po­lice let me across the bridge at the weir.

“I saw them take a pram and a baby’s car seat out of the water.

“There was a diver in the weir pass­ing it up.

“There’s two fire en­gines, three fire re­sponse ve­hi­cles, five am­bu­lances and loads more ve­hi­cles in the car park.”

Eve Dug­dale, who was walk­ing in the park with fam­ily and friends, said: “We saw a pram in the water at the wa­ter­fall with all the baby para­pher­na­lia in the water.

“Ev­ery­one was a bit shocked.”

Emer­gency crews search the water yes­ter­day

Teams on the river bank

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