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The body of an 8-year-old boy has been found, more than a week after he fell into a river in County Durham.
Ian Bell slipped into the River Wear near Crook while playing with friends.
Frances Read reports from the banks of the River Wear, close to where the body of the missing 8-year-old was found.
Durham Police said the body was recovered downstream from Page Bank Bridge.
A spokesman said:
A body found in a river is that of missing eight-year-old Ian Bell, Durham Police said tonight.
A spokesman for Durham Police said Ian's family had been informed of the discovery. He said:
Teams, searching for the missing eight year old Ian Bell, have discovered a body. Ian slipped into the River Wear a week ago on Friday, while playing with friends. A huge search has taken place since then involving the emergency services and local people.
Police say a body has been found at Page Bank Bridge near Willington, close to where Ian disappeared. Formal identification has yet to take place.
Police are carrying out more searches of the River Wear, in efforts to find a missing boy. Ian Bell slipped into the water near Wilington in County Durham while playing with friends. Police have begun targeted searches of sections of the river, after taking advice from an expert.
The search continues for missing Ian Bell but police say it is unlikely he remains alive.
Ian, eight, from Sunnybrow, County Durham, went missing last weekend after falling into the River Wear at Willington.
Since then Police, the Fire Service, Weardale Search and Rescue as well as hundreds of volunteers have been searching the river for him.
But there has been no sign.
Chief Inspector Graham Milne, leading the search, said: "We are still doing everything we can to find Ian but sadly there doesn't seem any likelihood that we will find him alive.
"All we want now is to bring him home to his family."
A spokesman for Durham Police said officers had contacted an expert in rivers and flowing waters as well as specially trained police dogs from South Yorkshire to help them with the search.
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After nine days of searching the River Wear police confirm they have found the body of eight-year-old Ian Bell