Tyne & Wear

Newcastle garden pond boy, 3, dies in hospital

A three-year-old boy has died after being found in a pond at a house in Newcastle.

The youngster had been playing in a relative's garden in Elswick Road in the West End of the city.

He was reported missing at about 18:45 BST and found in the water a few minutes later.

He was taken to the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was pronounced dead. Police described it as "an incredibly tragic incident".

Supt Mick Paterson, of Northumbria Police, said: "Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

"They are understandably absolutely devastated and officers with specialist training are providing them with support."

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