Around 4.30 yesterday a man threw a baby into the river Irwell in the middle of Radcliffe. I was in the pub when somebody came in and told us but nobody really believed it. Once the helicopters, fire, police and ambulances started flying about we knew something was terribly wrong. Local residents immediately started to help rescuers and police and the baby was rescued. Sadly he died later in hospital. Walking around the crime scenes later that evening i talked to loads of people who were upset, angry and stunned that anyone could commit such a heinous act. An all encompassing sense of shock and disbelief lies over the town this morning. Tragic.