Boy's body found in ditch in Doncaster

Police investigating the disappearance of a teenager in Doncaster have found a body in a ditch.

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Family release statement

The family of Lewis Eddleston, also known as Lewis Morley, have released a statement in which they describe him as a '"shining light and a character with a big heart". They describe his passion for music and how he always tried to push the boundaries on the household’s decibel limit.

They also reveal he was due to celebrate his 14th birthday this Sunday.

Lewis was ‘Mummy’s boy’ and always managed to wriggle out of situations. Lewis touched all of our lives in the way that a piece of the family jigsaw will always be missing. He loved his nieces and nephew, always wanting to be involved in their lives and daily activities. He will be sorely missed by all of us who love him.

We are proud to have enjoyed our time with Lewis and looked forward to celebrating his fourteenth birthday, with him, this coming Sunday.

Whilst we are thankful for all the help and the overwhelming support that we have received, from family, friends and all those who helped in trying to bring Lewis home safely and by supporting us at this distressing time, we ask that people respect our privacy and allow us time to grieve. Lewis will be forever missed but never forgotten by his family, friends and the community.

At times he may not have been an angel but now he’s an angel looking down on all who loved him.

– Family statement

Family criticise police search for boy found in ditch

The family of a 13-year-old boy who was found drowned in a ditch just a few hundred yards from his home have criticised the police saying they failed to carry out a proper search for him.

Lewis Eddleston had been missing for three days from his home in the Edenthorpe area of Doncaster. His body was found by his best friend's mother yesterday morning after friends and neighbours organised their own search of local fields.

It is thought Lewis had been drinking alcohol and fell into the water - but police say their attempts to trace him were hampered by a number of false sightings of him reported on social media websites. Jon Hill reports.


Tribute from Lewis' headteacher

Lewis Eddleston Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The headteacher at tragic Lewis Eddleston's school has paid tribute to the 13 year old, whose body was found three days after he went missing.

Graham Wakeling, headteacher of Hungerhill School said:'The school community is devastated by the news of Lewis’ sudden death, which was a shock to us all.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and close friends at this very difficult time. Lewis was an extremely popular young man with a good sense of humour.

"He was a lively character around the school and always had a smile on his face. Lewis will be sadly missed by pupils and staff at Hungerhill.”

BREAKING: Police confirm body is Lewis

The body of a boy found deceased in Edenthorpe yesterday has now been formally identified as 13-year-old Lewis Morley, known as Lewis Eddleston. Lewis’ body was found in a ditch close to The Boulevard, Edenthorpe, Doncaster, at approximately 10.30am on, Wednesday, 7 November.

A post mortem has taken place with the cause of death found to be drowning. The indication is that Lewis died a short time after he was last seen on Sunday evening. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Family liaison officers continue to support Lewis’ family at this difficult time.

South Yorkshire Police wish to reiterate thanks to the local community for the support provided in the search for Lewis, which was complicated by a number of false sightings reported on social media sites. An investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.


Flowers left near where boy's body found

Flowers at the scene

Flowers have been left close to where the body of a boy was found in Edenthorpe, Doncaster. 13-year-old Lewis Eddleston had been missing since Sunday after leaving friends on land close to a local Tesco store.

The body, which was found in a ditch, has not yet been formally identified, but police say they are linking it with Lewis's disappearance. Family liaison officers have been with Lewis's family today.

Part of Edenthorpe sealed off after discovery of body

Police have sealed off part of Edenthorpe

Part of Edenthorpe, in Doncaster remains sealed off after the discovery of a boy's body. Forensic specialists are examining the area behind the cordon where the body was found in a ditch at 10.30am on Wednesday.

Police family liaison officers are with the family of 13-year-old Lewis Eddleston who has been missing since Sunday 4pm.

South Yorkshire Police say the body has not been formally identified yet, but they are linking it with Lewis's disappearance. Lewis lived less than half a mile from where the body was found.

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