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Parents petition for canal safety after boy's death

A group of parents is petitioning for better safety near a canal after the death of a young boy.

Eight-year-old Matthew Cartwright died after falling into the Swinton canal in August.

More than 800 signatures will be given to Rotherham Council on Monday evening asking for the canal to be fenced off.

One parent, Tracey Davies, said the waters were "dangerous" and is calling for signposting to give people "peace of mind".

'Fenced off'

Labour councillor for Swinton & Kilnhurst, Ken Wyatt, has arranged for members of the public to meet British Waterways officials and representatives from South Yorkshire Police and Fire.

Ms Davies said: "We would love the area fenced off so what happened to Matthew cannot happen to anybody else.

"We're hoping that they will say that they will fence it off but if they wont, we hope they will at least tidy the land up and cut the trees back.

Ms Davies added: "If they wont do anything at all, we as parents will clear it up ourselves."

The meeting takes place at Cortonwood Comesback building at Brampton at 17:00 BST.

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