A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a baby was allegedly thrown into a river.

The boy, who is believed to of be under two-years-old, was pulled from the River Irwell shortly after 4.25pm today.

The child, who has not been identified, is in critical condition and police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

Emergency services attended he scene and with the support of the police helicopter the child was taken to hospital where he remains.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody for questioning.

Locals are reporting the boy was thrown into the water, but police say they are still investigating how he came to be in the water.

Blackburn Street is currently closed at the junctions with Stand Lane and Radcliffe New Road. 

An investigation is underway and enquiries are ongoing. 

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
 

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People have reported a large number of police officers at the scene near the river off Mill Bank as well as a police helicopter.

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A police cordon is in place at the bottom of Stand Lane going on to Blackburn Road