Girl ‘pushed into frozen pond’ in attack that could have become another tragedy

Just days after four young boys fell into an icy lake in Solihull reports have emerged that a young girl was deliberately pushed into a frozen pond in Hull.

The incident occurred on Friday, December 9, at around 3.30pm, actually two days before the heartbreaking revelation that three boys under the age of 12 died after falling through ice on a lake near Birmingham.

A fourth boy who had been in Birmingham Children's Hospital following the fall was confirmed to have died today, December 14.

READ MORE: Boy, 6, confirmed as fourth child to die after falling into frozen Solihull lake

Humberside Police have issued an appeal for witnesses of the incident in East Park, Hull, Hull Live reports.

It is alleged that the girl, while walking with her sister, was pushed into the pond by a boy.

Thankfully, the girl managed to get out of the sub-zero pond and after being checked at hospital was given the all-clear with no injuries.

East Hull Community Beat Manager PC Murphy, the officer investigating the case, said: “This was an extremely dangerous and reckless act on the part of others, and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or has mobile phone footage, that would help us to find those responsible."

Humberside Police Head of Special Ops Unit Supt Lee Edwards said: “With the recent tragic events where children have lost their lives in a frozen lake in Solihull. I want to offer my sincere condolences to those parents who have lost their children in such tragic circumstances.

“I would also like to appeal to parents, guardians and children themselves, to please stay away from open water, especially frozen water. I share the advice of Humberside Fire and Rescue to stay away from frozen water.

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"Bodies of water which freeze when the temperature hits zero and below may look like fun places to play, but can become dangerous for those who venture onto the ice.

"Lakes, ponds and certain stretches of rivers may look as if they will support the weight of people or animals, but sadly that is not always the case.

"The added hazards are the slippery banks and the ice-cold temperature of the water should an incident occur."

In Solihull, three boys aged just 11, 10, and eight were each pulled from the icy waters and taken to hospital on Sunday, suffering from cardiac arrests.

Relatives of one boy who passed away following a plunge into the ice, Jack Johnson, is said to have bravely attempted a rescue of the other children who had fallen into the water.

The six-year-old boy, the latest to have died, has not been publicly named.

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