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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

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  1. Peter Smith, ITV News reporter

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.

Flowers left for Conley Thompson after body discovery

Floral tributes have begun being laid close to the construction site where a child's body, believed to be missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson, has been found.

A woman was seen bringing flowers to the construction site in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police forensic officers were seen searching the site on Bank End Road after the body was found at 8.30am. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
The grim discovery came around 12 hours after the schoolboy was reported missing having failed to return to his family home. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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Police believe body on construction site is missing boy

South Yorkshire Police have said they believe the body of a child found at a construction site in Barnsley is that of missing Conley Thompson.

The seven-year-old was last seen at a park in the town yesterday evening where he had gone to play with his friends.

Officers searching throughout the night for the missing schoolboy confirmed that a body was found around 8.30am this morning at Bank End Road in Worsbrough.

Conley's family have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers.

South Yorkshire police at the scene Credit: ITV Yorkshire

We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.

While it is early in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem will take place in due course.

Our thoughts remain with Conley’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

– Detective Inspector Victoria Short, South Yorkshire Police

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Body found in search for missing seven-year-old

Police searching for missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson have found the body of a child on a construction site, South Yorkshire Police said.

Police said they were strongly concerned about the whereabouts of Conley Thompson when launching the appeal last night. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Conley was reported missing shortly after 8pm last night when he failed to return home after playing with friends.

He was last seen at Locke Park in Barnsley where he had gone to meet his friends at around 6pm.

Crime teams in white forensic suits were this morning seen at a building site on Bank End Road close to Conley's family home on Underwood Avenue in Worsbrough.

Cliff Richards lawyers: MPs 'enabled media coverage'

Lawyers representing Sir Cliff Richard have accused MPs of damaging the singer by releasing a letter from South Yorkshire Police to the media.

The letter, released earlier this week, said the police investigation had "increased significantly in size" and contained "more than one allegation". Sir Richard's lawyers complain the letter did not need to be published, and its publication "encouraged widespread publicity".

As a direct result of the decision of the committee to publish the SYP letter, and to proactively send it to media organisations, our client has been exposed to a further round of unnecessary and extremely damaging media coverage, with no due process.

Our client had no opportunity to comment or make submissions to the committee in advance of publication, but had he been able to do so, the damage that has since been caused by the Committee's actions and by the SYP letter would, most likely, have been avoided.

It is the committee who have acted as enablers to the media so that they could report on claims of new allegations about which our client has been given no or very little information; about which he has yet to be questioned; for which he has not been arrested; and of course, over which he has not been charged.

The committee have, through their actions, facilitated coverage which would not have otherwise occurred.

– Gideon Benaim, of Michael Simkins LLP

Sir Cliff has previously said the claims against him were "absurd and untrue" and he had "never, in my life, assaulted anyone."

He was interviewed under caution last year by detectives investigating a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s, but was not arrested or charged.

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