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Officer thanks public in search for missing Ciaran

A senior officer investigating the disappearance of young teenager Ciaran Sweeney has thanked members of the public in helping in the search.

In a statement released today, Ch Insp Paul Winter spoke of his sadness at the discover of the young Top Gear fan's body.

This is a case that has deeply affected both the Mansfield and the wider Nottinghamshire community.

On behalf of the force I’d like to thank the public for all of their help with the search for Ciaran.

The response to our appeals for information was overwhelming and the sight of so many posters in people’s windows and cars was a clear demonstration of a community united by the desire to find him.

I am only sorry that it has had such a tragic ending.

– Ch Insp Paul Winter, Nottinghamshire Police

Mum and step-mum of tragic Ciaran pay tribute

The mother and step-mother of missing boy Ciaran Sweeney, whose body was discovered in a Mansfield quarry, have paid tribute to the 14-year-old.

His mother Rheane O'Neill and step-mother Tanya Poulton said the weeks since he went missing from home on September 14 had been "unbearable".

Ciaran was a typical 14-year-old boy. He loved watching television, particularly Top Gear, and survival programmes although he wasn’t the type to go off into the wilderness himself.

The last few weeks have been unbearable and then to not have found Ciaran alive is the worst thing any family could face.

Our comfort has been the support of all of our family, neighbours and community who have helped us search for him.

– Mother Rheane O'Neill and step-mother Tanya Poulton

Ciaran's body was found in Ratcher Hill Quarry in Southwell Road on Tuesday.

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Body confirmed as missing teen

Ciaran Sweeney Credit: ITV News Central

The body of a teenager found at a quarry in Mansfield has been confirmed as that of missing school boy Ciaran Sweeney.

The 14-year-old had been missing from his home in Mansfield since 14th September. Underwater search teams found a body at Ratcher Hill Quarry in Southwell Road on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination on Ciaran's body has taken place. Police have told ITV News it will be several weeks before the results are back.

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