Police pull body of boy, 13, from River Wear

Police pull body of teenage boy, 13, from River Wear after overnight search – as officers rule out death as suspicious

  • Durham Police said they conducted an overnight search near Toronto Bridge
  • They confirmed that the body of a boy, believed to be 13, was found today
  • Police are treating the death as non-suspicious and have yet to identify the boy 

The body of a teenage boy, believed to be aged 13, was found in the River Wear near Bishop Auckland this morning, Durham Police said.

A spokesperson for the force said a search operation had been launched last night following reports that a person had gone into the river near Toronto Bridge.

They confirmed that the body of a teenager was found in the river today. Police are not treating the death as suspicious, they added.

A Durham Police spokesperson said:  ‘We are sorry to report a body has been found in the River Wear near Bishop Auckland. 

‘A multi-agency search operation was launched last night following reports that a person had gone into the river near Toronto Bridge. 

‘Sadly, the body of a teenager was found in the river this morning.’

They said that formal identification has yet to take place, but that the boy’s family have been informed, adding ‘our thought are with them at this tragic time’. 

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