Schoolboy still ‘missing’ after falling from Tower Bridge

Police are still in search of a schoolboy who fell into the Thames at Tower Bridge over per week in the past.

The boy, who fell in on the morning of Tuesday April 20, is a Year 8 scholar on the Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle.

A lady is reported to have heroically jumped in to attempt to save him from drowning. She was rescued, however the City of London police have but to seek out the schoolboy.

A nationwide paper reported witnesses saying that the lady heard screams when he fell from Tower Bridge and regardless of utilizing a life-float to swim into the Thames, she was solely capable of get better his faculty jacket and college bag.

An ‘intensive search’ for the boy involving helicopter and marine searches was launched however he has not but been discovered.

In a letter despatched to folks the next day the college named the scholar, breaking the horrible information, and mentioned that he was being handled as a lacking particular person by police. Children in Year 8 are normally aged between twelve or 13. The News has withheld the boy’s title till we have now extra info from police.

In the letter the college’s principal Matt Jones mentioned that the boy “didn’t make his approach into faculty regardless of travelling on a bus with a buddy in full faculty uniform. He obtained off the bus close to Tower Bridge earlier than his normal bus cease nearest to Ark Globe Academy and fell into the River Thames.”

The letter continued: “This is clearly distressing information for [the] household, associates and the broader Ark Globe Community. Our hopes and prayers are with the household at this very tough time.”

Jones urged mother and father to contact the college in the event that they assume their youngster wants assist, or the NSPCC, the UK’s prime youngsters’s charity, whether it is outdoors faculty hours.

He additionally instructed mother and father that faculty workers “know the essential function they play in holding youngsters protected” and reminded them of Ark’s safeguarding procedures. He added that the final yr has been “a really tough time” for a lot of college students and their households.

Jones instructed the News: “We can verify {that a} scholar at Ark Globe Academy didn’t arrive to highschool on the morning Tuesday 20 April as anticipated. At this second in time, there’s a reside police investigation in relation to the younger particular person’s disappearance. The police are treating this case as a ‘lacking individuals’ incident.

“This is clearly distressing information for the younger particular person’s household, associates, and the broader Ark Globe Community. As a college group, we’re coping with this sensitively in order to not compromise the integrity of the police investigation and we want to respect the privateness of the household whereas the investigation is on-going. Our hopes and prayers are with the household at this very tough time.”

A City of London spokesperson mentioned:

“We ask anybody who witnessed something on Tuesday 20 April at 8.09am, to name us on 020 7601 2999, quoting reference 21000215310.”

Asked for an replace this week, a spokesperson for the City of London police mentioned

that “searches proceed however we have now no replace presently.”

Call the NSPCC on their devoted helpline 0808 800 5000 Call Samaritans day or night time, twelve months a yr. You can name them without cost on 116 123, e-mail them at [email protected], or go to [email protected], or go to to seek out your nearest department.

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