Search operation after reports of two-year-old boy falling into river

A search operation has been launched following reports of a two-year-old boy falling into a river in Leicester.

The child had been with family when he fell into the River Soar and has yet to be located, according to Leicestershire Police.

The operation is ongoing and will continue with “additional specialist teams” on Monday morning, the force said.

Police said a man was taken to hospital “as a precautionary measure”.

The child’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

The force said: “Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.

Search on a river
There are reports that a boy fell into the River Soar near the Aylestone Meadows area on Sunday afternoon (Jacob King/PA)

“If anyone has any information or comes across anything that may assist officers, they are asked to contact us immediately.”

People are asked to contact 999 with information quoting incident 476:180224.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said police were leading the operation.

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