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Schoolboy in intensive care after being rescued from Co Armagh river

A Co Armagh schoolboy is currently being treated in intensive care after falling into a river in Portadown over the weekend.

The youngster had to be rescued from the water close to Hoys Meadows on Saturday, according to local reports.

Police confirmed they had attended the well-known hotspot for anti-social behaviour after reports of a teenager in the water.

Inspector Leslie Badger from the Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The male was taken to hospital and a number of youths were spoken to in relation to the incident.

“I would ask parents to know where their children are and speak to them about the dangers of drugs and make sure they know what they should do if they find anything suspicious. Never ever pick anything up – phone the police immediately.”

Inspector Badger added: “I would like to take this opportunity to warn those people who are involved in either the supply or sale of any illegal substance that they should be under no illusion as to the commitment and determination of PSNI officers to identify, pursue and arrest anyone suspected of involvement in this type of criminality and see them convicted of their crimes.

“We will continue to work with communities and partner agencies to keep people safe and this includes taking drugs and those involved in the sale and supply of drugs off our streets.”

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