Breaking News: Police ‘believe’ body of schoolboy who fell into Thames from Tower Bridge has been found

Police consider they’ve recovered the body of the 13-year-old Southwark schoolboy who fell into the Thames from Tower Bridge final Tuesday (April 20).

The boy was a Year 8 scholar at Ark Globe Academy close to Elephant and Castle. Police found a body on Wednesday however he has not been formally recognized but.

A spokesperson for the City of London police mentioned: “At round noon on Wednesday 28 April, a body was recovered from the River Thames by marine models which we consider to be that of a 13 12 months previous who has been lacking since Tuesday 20 April. His household have been knowledgeable however at the moment formal identification has not but taken place.”

Ark Globe’s principal Matt Jones mentioned: “We are very saddened to listen to {that a} body has been found and that the police consider it’s the lacking scholar of ours. Our hearts exit to his household and mates. As a college group, we’re pulling collectively making certain all our college students are supported at this tough time.”

In a  letter despatched to folks the earlier Wednesday (April 21) the college named the scholar breaking the horrible information and mentioned that he’s being handled as a lacking individual by police.

The News has withheld the boy’s title till now we have extra info from police. In the letter Jones mentioned that the boy “didn’t make his approach into college regardless of travelling on a bus with a good friend in full college uniform. He acquired 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, mates 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 baby wants assist, or the NSPCC, the UK’s high youngsters’s charity, whether it is outdoors college hours.

He additionally advised mother and father that college workers “know the necessary function they play in protecting youngsters protected” and reminded them of Ark’s safeguarding procedures. He added that the final 12 months has been “a really tough time” for a lot of college students and their households.

Jones advised the News final week: “We can affirm {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 stay police investigation in relation to the younger individual’s disappearance. The police are treating this case as a ‘lacking individuals’ incident.

“This is clearly distressing information for the younger individual’s household, mates, 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: “City of London Police is main an investigation into a lacking individual, working alongside our colleagues within the Metropolitan Police Service.

“We consider that is linked to an incident the place a toddler fell into the Thames from Tower Bridge. Despite an intensive search by City of London Police, the police helicopter and marine models, this individual has not but been found.

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

We reported on Tuesday that emergency service staff have been nonetheless searching for an individual who had fallen into the Thames at round 8am that morning. A girl was additionally pulled out of the Thames that morning.

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