Residents speak of their shock after death of canal fall boy (11)

Residents in Rosegrove have spoken of their shock at the death of 11-year-old boy who died after falling into the canal.

The youngster was rescued from the water below a bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Lowerhouse Lane shortly before 7pm after his friends screamed for help.

Police said the youngster had been crossing the bridge, walking across a pipe when he lost his balance before hitting the water.

He was pulled out of the canal before police, fire and ambulance crews arrived by a passer-by.

The boy was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but later died.

Residents said they were in shock at what had happened.

Mr Arshad Khan (46), who owns the Londis shop in Rosegrove Lane, said: “There were a lot of police. It’s such a sad story, it’s shocking. We thought the boy would be OK. It’s just unbelievable.”