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Matthew Cartwright's Swinton canal death an accident

Matthew Cartwright
Image caption A fence has been put up after campaigners called for improved safety at the canal

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded on a young boy who fell into a canal near Rotherham.

Matthew Cartwright , aged eight, from Mexborough, died in hospital after being pulled from the water at Swinton in August 2011.

Doncaster deputy coroner Mark Beresford said the youngster's death had been a "terrible and tragic accident".

The canal edge has now been cleared, a hedge has been planted and a fence put up following a safety campaign.

An 800-name petition was given to Rotherham Council and British Waterways in October.

Matthew fell into the canal while picking berries with a relative.

He was airlifted to Rotherham District General Hospital and later transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

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