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Emergency services across England have issued warnings to the public after people were seen walking on frozen ponds days after four children were killed by snow in Solihull.

Brothers Finlay, 8, and Samuel Butler, 6, died after their cousins ​​Thomas Stewart, 11, and Jack Johnson, 10, fell into the water at Babbs Mill Park near Solihull. The children were in cardiac arrest when they were pulled from the water and died at the hospital.

West Midlands Fire Service, which responded to the incident, has urged dog walkers to stay away from icy lakes after two rescues were launched on Thursday.

A woman in her early 60s in Himley Park, Staffordshire, fell into a pond while trying to save a dog and was taken to hospital.

A firefighter who tried to swim to him suffered mild hypothermia but did not require hospital treatment, the force said. He was unable to reach the woman due to thick ice, and a boat was eventually used to bring her and a firefighter to safety.

As fire crews prepared to leave the scene, they were alerted to another dog in the water and its owners used a boat to rescue it amid fears it would enter the lake.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “We cannot emphasize enough the dangers of snow in winter.

“We understand that dog owners will want to do everything they can to save their pets if they get into trouble. But please keep them on leads near still, open water — for their safety, your own, and our firefighters’ safety.”

A multi-agency response was launched in Warwickshire on Thursday after reports of young people walking on frozen water.

Deputy Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: “I cannot imagine the pain the families and friends of those who lost their lives across the border recently must be going through after the tragic loss of four young lives.

“Despite this incident, we received two reports in Warwickshire yesterday of young people being seen walking on frozen water. Each was quickly responded to by multiple emergency services and extensive searches were carried out and thankfully in each case no evidence of harm was found.

“However, if someone had entered the water from one of these places this could have been a very different situation.”

Firefighters in Suffolk also said “several people have reported children being very close and testing the ice in Olton Broad Lake and nearby lakes” and that signs showed “there were apparently people on the ice on the lake”.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue said it was joining people in nearby parks and putting up warning posters in the area to remind people of the dangers of frozen snow.

Staffordshire Police said a concerned member of the public reported seeing the children on a pond in Leek on Tuesday and a witness reported seeing two boys on a frozen pond in Longport on Wednesday morning.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also issued a letter to local schools urging parents and carers to remind their children of the dangers of snow and to stay away from it.

A vigil is being held near the lake where the four boys fell through the ice in Kingshirt on Saturday.

A minute’s silence was observed at Birmingham City’s match against Reading on Friday night and also organized for Saturday’s fixtures.

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