A man has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder his two young children, after a car plunged into the River Avon at Evesham.

Christopher Grady attended a five-minute hearing at Birmingham Crown Court and was told he is likely to be charged with murdering his five-year-old daughter Gabrielle.

The 41-year-old, of no fixed address, was arrested last Thursday after a car plunged into the River Avon in Evesham leaving Gabrielle critically ill. She died in hospital three days later.

The defendant was not required to enter a plea when he appeared before Mrs Justice Rafferty.

Grady was remanded in custody and ordered him to reappear at the same court for a plea hearing on May 31, when a murder charge is expected to be added to the indictment.

Gabrielle's six-year-old brother Ryan, who was rescued from the river by two police officers, is said to be recovering well.

Both Gabrielle, who was trapped underwater for almost two hours, and Ryan were airlifted to Birmingham's Children's Hospital.

In a statement issued after Gabrielle died, her mother Kim Wise paid tribute to her as "the cutest angel there has ever been".