Man charged with murder after boy, 11, dies after being found seriously injured in park

A man has been charged with murder after an 11-year-old boy was found seriously injured in a park.

Derbyshire Police said emergency services were called to Shipley Country Park in Heanor on June 18. The boy died later that day.

Police launched an investigation which led to the arrest of Michael Harrison, 41, in connection to the boy’s death.

Harrison, from Nottingham, has been charged with murder as well as engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour.

Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary and the East Midlands major crime unit will be continuing with their inquiries and will remain in the area over the next few days.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information to come forward.

As part of their inquiries, police want to find a white Vauxhall combo van that could be displaying one of the following registrations: FL54JBJ, FL54JDJ, or FG57FTO.

Anyone who can help is urged to contact police via Facebook, Twitter, their website or by calling 101 and quoting 22*349624.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the Crimestoppers website..

A police spokesperson said: “A man has been charged with murder after an 11-year-old boy was found injured near to Shipley Country Park.

“Ambulance crews were called to Thorpes Road, near to the park in Heanor, on the afternoon of Saturday 18 June to reports that a boy had suffered injuries. He sadly died later that day.

“A subsequent police investigation led to the arrest of a 41-year-old man in connection with the death last week.

“Michael Harrison, of Eaton Terrace, Nottingham, has now been charged with murder and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Monday 4 July.

“He has also been charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour.

“Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary and the East Midlands major crime unit will be continuing with their inquiries and will remain in the area over next few days.

“Anyone with information is encouraged to speak to them.

“As part of those inquiries, we want to find a white Vauxhall Combo van that may be displaying one of the following registrations:

FL54 JBJ
FL54 JDJ
FG57 FTO
“No further information into the circumstances is available at this time, but we will be issuing further witness appeals over the coming days.

“Anyone who can help should contact us using one of the below methods, quoting reference 22*349624:

Facebook – send us a private message to our Facebook page
Twitter – direct message our contact centre via @DerPolContact
Website – We have several crime reporting tools on our website or use our online contact form
Phone – call us on 101
“You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the Crimestoppers website.”

Harrison today appeared in court charged with murder.

Harrison was not required to enter any pleas during a short hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court this morning and gave his address as no fixed abode.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth before being remanded into custody by magistrates ahead of a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday.

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