Boy, 3, dies after falling in canal with mum in Mother’s Day weekend tragedy

A three-year-old boy has tragically died after falling he fell into a canal in Newbury with his mother.

Emergency services rescued the pair from the water, near Ash Bridge, after being called to the Berkshire town at around 2pm yesterday.

They were rushed to hospital where the child later died.

Thames Valley Police say the death is being treated as unexplained.

A police spokesman said: “As you may be aware, our officers were called at about 2pm yesterday following reports that a three-year-old child and his mother had fallen into the canal near Ash Bridge, near the A339, Newbury.

“Officers attended. Both the woman and child were recovered from the water and taken to hospital. Tragically, the child later died in hospital.

“His family are being supported by specially trained officers and his mother has been discharged from hospital.

“The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this incredibly difficult time.

“Thames Valley Police is not currently in a position to release the child’s identity.”