THE first floral tributes have been laid in memory of a baby, not yet one, as a community tries to come to terms with the horror and tragedy which unfolded later this afternoon.

A teddy bear along with flowers have been laid close to the scene of the River Irwell.

Cllr Sean Hornby who runs The Queens in Bradley Fold, Radcliffe, said: "People who have come into the pub this evening are very saddened, shocked and dismayed at the tragic death of this child.

"We don't know the circumstances surrounding the death and I hope anyone who saw or knows anything will to contact the police. An innocent child has died tonight."

Prayers were said as the circumstances of what had happened came to light, with the close-knit community of Radcliffe hoping the youngster, who was taken to hospital in a critical condition, would pull through.

Just after 8.30pm this evening police released a statement that the boy, who was pulled from the River Irwell, had died despite the best efforts of the emergency services the specialist medics.

Tonight messages of heartbreak were posted across social media, including on The Bolton New website.

One wrote: "So sad fly with the Angels you sweet innocent child x"

Another added: "I couldn't even finish reading. Floods of tears. Absolutely heart breaking. Rest in peace little angel."

One read: "Rest in peace little fellow may the angels guide you and give strength to your mum and family at this very sad time."