AN independent report into the safety of Manchester’s waterways could see barriers installed at the spot where a Ponteland teenager died earlier this year.

Charlie Pope (19) was found dead in Rochdale Canal in Manchester city centre on March 2 after going missing on a night out.

The Manchester student’s death prompted calls for improved canal safety, and saw more than 97,000 people sign a petition for barriers to be placed along the city’s waterways.

After Charlie’s tragic death, his parents started the #makecharliethelast campaign to ensure safety measures were introduced.

Charlie’s father Nick attended a meeting last week to discuss the initial findings of an independent safety report from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and believes the final report could be published in early December.