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Eviction 'paused' after toddler death near Sarehole Mill

Wake Green Road in Billesley Image copyright Google
Image caption The boy was hit near Wake Green Road, in Billesley, and died later in hospital after suffering a critical head injury

Plans to evict travellers from an encampment have been paused following the death of a toddler, police have said.

West Midlands Police said the 19-month old boy died after being hit by a van on Friday at Shire Country Park, off Wake Green Road, Billesley, Birmingham.

Plans to move people from the site were put off on Saturday "due to a death amongst them", officers said.

Birmingham City Council said it was working with the police.

The child was was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital on Friday with a critical head injury, but later died.

A 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving and bailed pending further investigations, police said.

West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council declined to comment further.

Insp Steve Radford, from West Midlands Police's collision investigation unit, urged anyone with information to come forward, adding: "The tragic death of such a young child is deeply saddening."

Following the crash, police said they had seized a van which would be forensically examined.

The convoy of travellers arrived at the site last week.

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