A six-year-old boy has become the fourth child to die after falling into an icy lake in Solihull on Sunday.
Emergency services were called to Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst at 2.36pm on Sunday, to reports that children had been playing on the ice and had fallen through into the lake.
West Midlands Police said later on Sunday that four children had been pulled from the lake in cardiac arrest and placed on life support.
On Monday, it was confirmed that three young boys, aged 11, ten and eight had died following the incident.
The force said on Thursday that the fourth child, a six-year-old boy, has now died.
In a statement following the death of the child, West Midlands Police said: “It is with heartfelt sadness that we have to report this afternoon, the six-year-old in hospital has lost his fight for life.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of those involved in this tragedy.
“We cannot comprehend the enormity of the pain they must feel and our hearts go out to them.
“Specialist officers remain in contact with the family and we will issue further information as soon as we can.
“The searches have been completed and the scene of the incident at the lake will be lifted this evening.”
On Wednesday, staff from the nearby John Henry Newman Catholic College and Kingshurst Primary School both spent a few minutes looking at the flowers and reading messages on cards including heartfelt tributes to the “Babbs Mill Boys”.
Earlier this week, relatives paid tribute to one of the youngsters, ten-year-old Jack Johnson, who is reported to have been trying to save others who fell into the water, and in a social media post, thanked members of the community for their support.
Several other tributes had cards dedicated to Jack while others paid tribute to another boy by name, saying: “To Thomas, The world will not be same without you” and “Thomas, rest in peace. Love from Earl”.
Among the dozens of teddy bears was one with the message: “RIP beautiful angels.”
More details have emerged about the rescuers, who included members of the public and police officers – including a rookie officer who suffered mild hypothermia after trying to punch through the ice in order to get the boys out as quickly as possible.
Rich Cooke, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, told The Telegraph the officer was a student officer in his early 20s, who had been on one of his first operational rotations.
Mr Cooke described him as “an absolute hero” who was currently on days off but would be back on shift later this week.
He said all the police who arrived at the scene had “tried to help in whatever way they could”.
More to follow…