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Boy, 15, arrested after OAP, 74, fly-kicked into freezing river in ‘shocking’ incident

A teenager suspected of fly-kicking a pensioner into the River Mersey has been arrested by police.

The 74-year-old victim was sent flying headfirst into the water after being kicked from behind during the sickening incident which was filmed on Sunday, April 25.

A Cheshire Police spokesperson confirmed this evening a 15-year-old boy has been detained on suspicion of assault and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He is currently in police custody.

Disturbing footage of the incident reportedly shows a youth dressed in a black gilet kicking the victim while he stands overlooking the water.

The force is continuing to appeal for people to come forward with information as it works to identify a second suspect.

The banks of the River Mersey at Wharf Street, Warrington
The banks of the River Mersey at Wharf Street, Warrington

A police spokesperson said: “A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession with intent to supply cannabis. He is currently in police custody.

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify the remaining boy.”

Sergeant Mark Spaven, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “This was a shocking and upsetting incident which has understandably left the gentleman shaken.

“He returned home freezing cold and had sustained a cut to his face due to banging his head as he fell into the water.”

If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 973152.



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