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Boy, 9, dies after suffering critical injuries at house as man and woman arrested

A man and a woman are tonight being quizzed over the death of a nine-year-old boy.

The youngster was found with critical injuries at a house in Droitwich, Worcs, and died in hospital.

Police have arrested two people over the boy’s death, which is being treated as “unexplained”.

Emergency services, including two air ambulances, converged on a semi-detached house in the Copcut area of the town at 3pm.

The boy was flown to hospital but later died of his injuries.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “Earlier this afternoon, Thursday February 18, police were called to an address in Vashon Drive, in Copcut, Droitwich.

“A nine year-old boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition, we’ve been informed he has sadly died.

“His next of kin has been informed, however, formal identification has not yet taken place.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are on-going around the circumstances.

“Two people, a man and woman, have been arrested while police enquiries continue. They remain in police custody.”

Forensics officers were seen combing for clues in an upstairs bedroom and locals were told to avoid the area.

One resident on the new-build estate, who asked not to be named, said: “I came back from the shops and there were police, ambulances and two helicopters on the grass.

“My neighbour said it was a little boy they took away. I hope he’s okay, it looked bad.”

Another local claimed on Facebook that police had been searching for “a man in a grey tracksuit”.

Detective Inspector Ed Slough, said: “This is a tragic incident that has seen a young boy lose his life and our thoughts are with his family at this awful time.

“We are currently treating the boy’s death as unexplained and are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances.”