Inquest opened into death of 12-year-old Shukri Abdi

An inquest has been opened into the death of a 12-year-old girl whose body was pulled out of the River Irwell on 27 June.

The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers conducting the investigation have appealed for calm in the community.

Shukri Yahye-Abde’s body was pulled from the water shortly before midnight on Thursday, 27 June.

At the opening of an inquest into the schoolgirl’s death at North Manchester Coroner’s Court on 9 July, the police detective in charge of the investigation confirmed that the force is continuing to look into what happened.

Senior investigating officer, DI Andrew Naismith, also appealed for calm in the community and on social media while the investigation is carried out.

It comes after speculation around the circumstances of Shukri’s death, with her family having previously suggesting the 12-year-old was being bullied at school.

Broad Oak Sports College, where Shukri was a pupil, have launched an investigation into the accusations, the results of which will be shared with the police, the inquest heard.

DI Naismith of GMP’s Bury division told the hearing that while police do not currently believe there are any suspicious circumstances, the investigation is ongoing.

He said: “At this stage there is nothing to suggest any third-party involvement.

“There’s nothing to suggest there was any bullying or coercion to get Shukri down to the water.

“There’s nothing to suggest that this was anything other than a tragic accident at this time.

“The investigation is still open if further evidence comes forward.”

He explained that officers are continuing to speak to four other children who were at the river with Shukri.

They have told officers that Shukri went into the deep end of the water and got into difficulties.

DI Naismith added: “I know it’s a difficult time but I would like to ask that there’s calm in the community and on social media.

“I’d just ask for calm as the investigation is ongoing.”

The Heywood inquest also heard that GMP had received two calls on the evening of 27 June.

The first was from Shukri’s mother Zamzam Ture reporting her daughter missing.

It was quickly followed by a call from a young person who was with Shukri, reporting that she had got into difficulties in the river.

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