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Investigations after slurry death

Investigations into the death of a young boy found in a slurry pit at a farm in Shropshire are continuing.

The Health and Safety Executive is looking into the death of the boy, thought to be aged about seven, who was found at the farm near Bridgnorth.

He was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford but was pronounced dead a short time later.

West Mercia Police said it was not looking for anyone else in connection with Friday's death.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out early this week, police said. An inquest is expected to be opened later.

Carl Christopher, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said farms were potentially very dangerous with risks from machinery, pesticides and vehicles.

He added that farming was statistically shown to be the most dangerous occupation.

He said the boy's death was "absolutely tragic".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the boy's family," he said.



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