Sunday 22 October 2017

Boy's death on building site is a 'tragic accident'

Police officers search a site in Barnsley. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police officers search a site in Barnsley. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Conley Thompson had gone to play with his friends at around 6pm. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Conley Thompson (7) from Barnsley, who has not been seen since 8pm last night. Photo: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

Nina Massey in London

The death of missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson, whose body has been found on a building site, is believed to have been accidental.

Conley vanished after playing with friends in Locke Park, a mile away from the site and about two miles away from his home in Barnsley, south Yorkshire.

Police said Conley went to play at about 6pm on Sunday and was due to return home around two hours later, but never turned up.

The boy's family have been informed and although formal identification has yet to take place, police believed the body to be Conley's.

Detective Inspector Victoria Short, who is leading the investigation, said: "We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.

Unexplained

"While it is early in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

"Our thoughts remain with Conley's family and friends at this very difficult time."

After news of the tragedy broke, people started to lay flowers and teddies next to the construction site where the youngster was found at about 8.30am.

The Rev Trevor Keightley, vicar at the nearby St Thomas' Church in Worsbrough, said: "We are all shocked and all our hearts go out to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

"Everyone's feeling it at the moment and everyone is very upset about it all."

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