Body of Ian Bell found

Police confirm they have found Ian Bell's body Photo: Durham Police

Police have confirmed a body recovered from the River Wear is that of Ian Bell.

The eight-year-old from Sunnybrow, County Durham was found downstream from Page Bank Bridge yesterday. It's believed he was playing near the river when he went missing nine days ago.

Search and Rescue teams have been helped by volunteers from the Willington area during the search for Ian over the last week. The operation was scaled down after the body was found.

Arrangements are being made for formal identification to take place and the coroner has been informed. An inquest will be held in due course.

The search is now in the process of being scaled down as Durham Constabulary has no other reports of missing persons at this time.

Durham Constabulary would like to thank all those involved in the search for their help and their support

– Durham Police