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Police checked site before builders found boy's body

A construction site where the body of missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson was found by builders this morning was checked by police officers last night, the force have said.

The construction site where Conley Thompson's body was found Credit: PA Wire

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford said the site in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley was checked "during the hours of darkness" by officers after Conley was reported missing just after 10pm last night and found to be securely locked with a large perimeter fence.

He said the investigation was declared as a "critical incident" and around 50 officers were drafted in with searches taking place throughout the night.

The youngster's body was found by construction workers at 8.30am this morning.

Det Chief Inspector Stopford added: “The investigation continues into the cause of Conley's death and we are working with the Health and Safety Executive as part of that investigation.”

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Grandma: Conley died after slipping into plastic pipe

Seven-year-old Conley Thompson died after he slipped into a plastic pipe on a construction site, his grandmother has said.

Deborah Fraser said: "He got in through a little hole at the top of the construction site. Because it was raining he slid down and went into a vertical pipe."

Paying tribute to her grandson she said he had "a smile that would light up a room."


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Grandmother warned grandson to stay away from site

The grandmother of a seven-year-old boy said she had warned him to stay away from the construction site where his body was found.

Deborah Fraser said he had played at the site in Worsbrough, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire before and she had warned him to stay away.

Breaking: Conley's death was 'tragic accident'

The death of schoolboy Conley Thompson is thought to have been a 'tragic accident.'

Conley Thompson

South Yorkshire Police, who spent last night searching for the seven-year-old boy, found the body of a child at a construction site in Worsbrough this morning.

Conley vanished after playing with friends in Locke Park, a mile away from the site and about two miles away from his home in Barnsley.

It is understood officers are treating his death as a "tragic accident".

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Developers working with police to probe boy's death

Developers have said they are working with police to investigate the death of a seven-year-old boy whose body was found on a construction site.

Officers at the building site in South Yorkshire Credit: PA Wire

The body of Conley Thompson was found on the site in Worsbrough, South Yorkshire, after he we missing after going to play with friends on Sunday.

Developers Howard Civil Engineering said they were working with police to investigate the "tragic incident".

The site is owned by Erris Homes Ltd.

Police have said they are treating the death as unexplained and post mortem tests are due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.

We are co-operating fully with the police investigation into this tragic incident. While this continues, we are unable to comment further.

– Howard Civil Engineering

Test results expected today to find out how schoolboy died

Detectives looking for a seven-year-old boy from South Yorkshire who disappeared yesterday evening after playing with friends in a Barnsley park have found the body of a child on a nearby building site.

A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today to find out how the schoolboy died. David Hirst reports.


Vicar who stole £24,000 of church funds hands himself in

A vicar who went on the run while waiting to be convicted of stealing thousands of pounds has handed himself in.

Simon Reynolds disappeared during a lunch break at Sheffield Crown Court on July 23 shortly before he was found guilty of four counts of theft.

He illegally pocketed more than £24,000 of fees given to him for weddings, funerals and graveyard memorials while priest in charge of All Saints Church in Darton, near Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police alerted Interpol, fearing the 50-year-old may have fled to mainland Europe.

Simon Reynolds handed himself in at a police station in Sheffield earlier today, where he was arrested.

But the force said Reynolds handed himself in at a police station in Sheffield earlier today, where he was arrested. He will appear in court later.

Senior clergy had appealed for Reynolds, of Farnham, Surrey, to hand himself in, including the Right Reverend Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield, and the Venerable Peter Townley, the Archdeacon of Pontefract.

Reynolds' trial heard he had not paid any fees for weddings or funerals to the Wakefield Diocesan Board of Finance for a number of years, despite conducting a number of services during this time.

Monuments for 23 burials and 50 cremation plaques or inscriptions were found in the church grounds and graveyard but no records of the burials or cremations had been made.

Reynolds is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

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Body discovery raises doubts over site's '24 hour security'

The locals I have been speaking with in the last hour have told me this construction site has not had much activity in recent months and it became something of a magnet for young teenagers predominantly to hang around, not so much young children.

But there is a gap at the back of the construction site that would be small enough for a child to come in and if that is where Conley was able to access there will be questions raised because there is a sign here that says there is 24 hour security watch over this construction site - clearly not the case because some child did manage to get in here last night.

Tributes arrive at building site where child's body is found

Tribtues have started to arrive at a construction site in Barnsley, as detectives looking for a seven-year-old boy who vanished after playing with friends in a park have found a body.

South Yorkshire Police believe the body to be that of Conley Thompson, who was last seen on Sunday evening playing with friends a mile away from the Bank End Road site.

People bring flowers to the scene where body was found Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A police officer places more tributes near a construction site on Bank End Road in Worsbrough Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Teddy bear left at the scene in memory of Conley Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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