27/JUNE/2020

The River Irwell in Bury, where Shukri lost her life

The River Irwell in Bury, where Shukri lost her life

More than a million people have now signed a 'Justice for Shukri Abdi' online petition - she drowned in the Irwell in Bury

A march will be held in Manchester city centre on Saturday - mirroring similar events across the country - to mark the first anniversary of the tragic death of 12-year-old schoolgirl Shukri Abdi.

Shukri, a pupil at Broad Oak Sports College in Bury, drowned in the River Irwell, near Bury town centre, on June 27 last year.

At an inquest into her death earlier this year, Shukri's mother said her daughter - who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp to Somalian parents before moving to the UK in January 2017 - couldn't swim and was 'scared' of water.

Shukri's loved ones have questioned the police investigation.

They said they do not believe her death was an accident.

Greater Manchester Police insists, however, it was was an 'incredibly tragic incident' and that there were no suspicious circumstances.

More than a million people have now signed a 'Justice for Shukri Abdi' online petition.

The inquest hearing is due to resume at a later date.

Crowds are expected to gather at St Peter's Square from 1pm.

Marches as part of the campaign are also due to be held at Hyde Park in London and St George's Hall in Liverpool, as well as in Sheffied, Leicester, Bristol and Cardiff.

The inquest heard that hours before her death, Shukri was 'pushed around' by two children who were with her when she drowned.

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said earlier this month he would consider the call for a further investigation.

He said in a statement: "I fully appreciate the level of public concern about the tragic death of Shukri Abdi and am grateful to everyone who has shown an interest in this troubling case and support for Shukri's family.

"I can confirm that an independent inquiry into her death is already underway in the form of an inquest overseen by the coroner. If I were to set up a new separate inquiry at this point, it would jeopardise those ongoing legal proceedings and not help us establish the truth of what happened.

"However, together with the Deputy Mayor, I have today written to the coroner pledging our support for the process that is underway and for the widest possible investigation into what happened both on the day and in the months leading up to it."

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced last August it would investigate GMP's handling of the case.

It said it would examine an allegation officers 'prematurely concluded' Shukri's death wasn't suspicious - and that her family was treated less favourably because of their ethnic background.

The IOPC investigation was completed earlier this year. The results have been shared with GMP and Shukri's family.

The details will be made public following the conclusion of the inquest into the child's death.

No date for the resumed inquest has been set as yet.

Source:Manchester Evening News


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