Boy, 15, arrested after OAP, 74, pushed into freezing cold river before teens 'ran away laughing'

A BOY has been arrested after an OAP was pushed into a freezing cold river before the teens "ran away laughing."

The man, 74, had been sitting on the bank of the River Mersey in Warrington on Sunday afternoon before the “shocking and upsetting incident.”

A 15-year-old boy has now been arrested after the man was kicked from behind.

The teen is being held on suspicion of assault and a drug offence.

Cops say the attack happened between 2.30pm and 3pm on Wharf Street near Riverside Retail Park.

Two or three teens are believed to have pushed him from behind causing him to fall into the water.

According to officers, they all then ran away from him laughing – and the man was left with a cut on his face after he banged his head as he fell.

Two women who were passing by rescued the man from the river.

Sergeant Mark Spaven said: “This was a shocking and upsetting incident which has understandably left the gentleman shaken. 

“He returned home freezing cold and had sustained a cut to his face due to banging his head as he fell into the water. 

“We are determined to find those responsible and I am urging anyone who has any information or believes they know who did this to come forward. 

“I also want to appeal to the two women who thankfully came to his rescue to please get in touch with us as you could have information which could help our investigation.”

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