Swanwick Lake death: Police release new image as they trace boy's movements following neglect arrest

Police have released images of a young boy who died after being pulled from Swanwick Lake.

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 11:38 am

Hampshire police arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of neglect, and he remains on bail.

Officers were called at 8.21pm on May 30 after Greyson Birch, two, was seen in the water. Firefighters pulled him from the lake.

He died at Southampton General Hospital on June 3.

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Today a Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Our enquiries have identified that earlier in the day on Sunday, May 30, Greyson also visited Lakeside Country Park in Eastleigh between 6.45pm and 7.15pm.

‘We are issuing a photo of Greyson taken that day so you can see the clothing he was wearing – a blue striped top, dark shorts, and white trainers. He may have had a small push along bike with him at Lakeside.’

Detective Inspector Matt Gillooly, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Our investigation is tracing all of the steps leading up to Greyson’s tragic death, and we are looking at places he may have visited prior to Swanwick Lakes.

‘We want to know if anyone at Lakeside Country Park saw him that afternoon and anyone he was with. Please contact us if you did, as any detail around Greyson’s movements that day, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, could prove crucial in determining the full picture of this case.

‘Were you there that afternoon? Do you recognise Greyson or his clothing from the photos we have released? Please contact us if you do.”

The Southampton teenager arrested is on bail until August 30.