Canal plunge boy inquest

AN INQUEST into the suspected drowning of a young Mexborough schoolboy is due to be opened in Doncaster this afternoon.

Eight-year-old Matthew Cartwright, of Windhill Avenue, died in Sheffield Children’s Hospital last Tuesday.

He had fallen into the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal near Swinton Lock, off Talbot Road, the previous day.

Residents living in the area have since started a petition calling to have the area near to where Matthew fell fenced off to prevent a similar tragedy happening again.

Matthew was a pupil at Windhill Primary School, where counsellors attended yesterday to help children affected by his death.