Search for missing two-year-old who fell into river enters fourth day

Leicestershire Police has received a large number of responses to an appeal for witnesses after a two-year-old boy fell into the River Soar on Sunday.

Specialist police divers continued a third full day of searches for the youngster on Wednesday in the Aylestone Meadows area of Leicester, despite difficult conditions caused by heavy rainfall.

Officers confirmed on Tuesday that CCTV footage had been recovered showing the moment the two-year-old local boy, who was with family members, fell into the fast-flowing river, which had burst its banks in parts of the nature reserve.

The search operation for the missing boy
Police said the search operation was ‘very much ongoing’ (Jacob King/PA)

“The priority for us all remains to find this little boy and we are grateful for all of your help and support.

“Specialist officers continue to provide full support to the family and our thoughts very much remain with them. I thank them for their bravery, their support and co-operation with us at this extremely traumatic time.

Missing boy river search – Leicester
The search operation began on Sunday (Jacob King/PA)

Ms Kerr added: “While the weather conditions today do make the search more difficult for us, this will absolutely not stop our dedicated and specialist teams at the scene from doing everything they can.

“Our search operation today does very much remain ongoing.”

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