Etherow Country Park: Search launched after empty pram and child’s belongings found on riverbank

‘We saw a pram in the water at the waterfall with all the baby paraphernalia in the water,’ witness says

Samuel Osborne
Sunday 29 December 2019 14:30
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Police search river after empty pram and child’s belongings found

A search was launched after a pram and a child’s belongings were found on the bank of a river in Stockport.

Emergency services were called to Etherow Country Park just before 12 o’clock on Sunday after they were contacted by the police.

Divers searched the River Etherow near a weir in the country park, the Manchester Evening News reported. Police cars, ambulances and at least one helicopter were at the scene.

Eve Dugdale, who was walking in the park with family and friends when the emergency services arrived, told the paper: “We’d just walked past the waterfall when three fire engines, an ambulance and the helicopter turned up.

“We saw a pram in the water at the waterfall with all the baby paraphernalia in the water. It was a grey and black buggy near the bottom and it looked like a blanket, a changing mat and other stuff were at different stages above above it.”

Emergency services were called to Etherow Country Park

She added: “They moved us off and we walked away. We’re at the entrance to the park now and there are loads of vehicles here.

“Everyone seems to be a bit shocked.”

A photo reportedly from the scene appeared to show a pram at the bottom of a waterfall with the contents on different levels above it.

Police believe the items were thrown from a passing vehicle, which could have been stolen.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police: “At around 11.38am today, 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.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Greater Manchester Police called us at 11.52am.

“We are currently at the scene with two fire engines, a tactical rescue unit and a boat.

“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.”

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