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Minute's silence planned for Conley Thompson

A minute's silence will be held across Barnsley this afternoon to remember Conley Thompson.

The seven-year-old went missing last Sunday night and his body was found early on Monday morning at a building site near his house.

He died after becoming trapped in a pipe.

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help his family cover funeral costs.

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Fundraising campaign launched for Conley Thompson

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help meet the funeral costs of seven-year-old Conley Thompson who died earlier this week after becoming trapped in a pipe on a building site near Barnsley.

More than £1000 has been raised so far with donations coming from across our region.

It comes as South Yorkshire Police have appealed for help in tracing Conley's movements on Sunday evening.

Martin Fisher reports:

Online campaign to raise money for Conley's funeral

A fundraising effort has started to raise money for the funeral of 7-year-old Conley Thompson.

Online campaign to raise money for Conley's funeral

The target set for the fundraiser is £5,000.

Conley's body was found on a construction site near his home in Barnsley. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

A book of condolence opened for Conley

South Yorkshire police are still trying to trace the final movements of Conley Thompson after he left his friends at a play park two miles from his home in Worsborough.

Conley's body was found on the site by workman yesterday morning. He died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe. The company carrying out work at the site - Howard Civil Engineering - says it is cooperating with the police investigation.

Today, a book of condolence was opened at a church near his home. Martin Fisher reports.

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School: Conley will 'stay in our hearts forever'

Staff at the school 7-year-old Conley Thompson attended have offered their condolences to his family.

School: Conley will 'stay in our hearts forever'

His body was found yesterday on a construction site following an overnight search.

Worsbrough Bank End Primary's Head Teacher Nichola Thorpe said Conley's smile would stay in their hearts forever:

Following the recent tragic event in Worsbrough, all of us at Worsbrough Bank End Primary school wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Conley Thompson at this very difficult time. We especially want to send all the children who knew and were school friends with Conley, our love. Conley’s big smile and sparkly eyes will stay in our hearts forever; Bank End Primary will not be the same in September without him. Staff are being well supported by the Senior Leadership Team who in turn are being guided by Strategic Services at Barnsley Council.

– Nichola Thorpe, Head teacher, Worsbrough Bank End Primary

A 'deplorable' breach of trust, says CPS

Simon Reynolds, the Church of England vicar who defrauded his parish of over £16,000 was jailed for 32 months at Sheffield Crown Court today.

“It is hard to imagine a more deplorable and flagrant breach of trust than a vicar stealing money from his own parishioners. The offences he has committed are of an enormous significance considering the position of trust that Reynolds held within his community. The qualities one would most associate with his position -honesty, trust and integrity have been completely abandoned in an attempt to fund his lifestyle.

“These offences were further compounded when he absconded after his trial, triggering an extensive manhunt. The sentence handed down today sends a clear message that no-one is above the law, and we will prosecute all such cases robustly.”

– Caroline Tubb, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
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