Firefighters scrambled after child seen in flooded River Severn before getting out of water

Emergency services were scrambled after a child was seen getting into floodwaters along the River Severn in Shrewsbury.

The emergency services have issued warnings after the child was seen in the water on Saturday
The emergency services have issued warnings after the child was seen in the water on Saturday

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service's special boat crew went to the river in the county town on Saturday along with support from Wem fire service.

But they were stood down after CCTV footage was reviewed and the child was seen getting out.

West Mercia Police joined the fire service in warning people to stay out of the floods after seeing a family with young children in boots walk into the fast flowing Severn in Ironbridge from a walkway.

"The decision was made to close access to the water's edge with police tape and we would urge no one, under any circumstances to go past the tape," officers said on social media.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager, Craig Jackson said: "We have received reports of children playing in flooded areas of Shrewsbury.

"Flood water may look fun to play in for children, however, it is not only contaminated it can also hide many dangers such as lifted manhole covers where a child could get stuck. "

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