The deputy headteacher of Parkside Academy has paid tribute to the River Wear's fifteenth victim in two years, Cameron Gosling.
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The 14-year-old boy drowned in the River Wear yesterday, July 5, after getting into difficulty while swimming.
"He was a popular boy, full of high spirits and fun.
"He was well-liked by both pupils and staff and it is an absolute tragedy to lose such a lovely boy on the very cusp of adulthood.
"Our thoughts today are very much with Cameron's parents, brothers and wider family."
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Durham Police have released the name of the 14-year-old boy who died after getting into difficulties in the River Wear in Bishop Auckland.
He was Cameron Gosling, a pupil at Parkside Academy, Willington, County Durgham.
Police say Cameron was swimming with a group of friends, all around the same age, when he jumped from a flat rock into the river.
He surfaced briefly before disappearing.
After a major search, police divers found his body at 10.30pm on Sunday.
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Police searching for a 14 year old boy in the River Wear have found a body.
The child is believed to have been swimming with friends, at Paradise Park in Bishop Auckland, when he got into difficulties.
No formal identification has been made. More details are expected to be released in the morning.
Emergency services are continuing to search for a missing male in the River Wear at Bishop Auckland.
The area at Paradise Park is popular with teenagers.
It is understood that several people have been rescued but one swimmer is still missing.
Officers are supporting the families involved.
Police say a search of the River Wear is taking place for a missing person.
The operation is centred on Paradise Park in the Witton Park area, west of Bishop Auckland.
Three people have been rescued from the river but it is understood that a fourth, who is believed to be male, is missing.
Police, fire, air ambulance personnel and fell rescuers are at the scene.
Durham Police say officers are supporting the families of those involved.
The family of a teenager who has been missing for almost 17 years say they are delighted that police are reexamining the case.
Donna Keogh was 17-years-old when she vanished in 1998. She was last seen leaving a house party in Middlesbrough.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal at Cleveland Police has now apologised to Ms. Keogh's family for the manner the force initially handled "some aspects of the case":
I cannot begin to understand the pain and misery Donna’s disappearance must have caused her family and those close to her...
The case has always remained open and we have made numerous appeals over the years, but I am aware Donna’s family had expressed displeasure and disappointment about the force’s initial handling of some aspects of the case.
I met personally with Donna’s family this week and offered an apology on behalf of Cleveland Police which they have accepted.
Our focus is on finding out what happened to Donna and bringing to justice any person or people who harmed her.”
Officers will review witness statements and evidence in a bid to answer questions that have remained unanswered for nearly twenty years.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing 84-year-old woman from Washington, who suffers from dementia.
Mary Pharoah from the Harraton area was last seen leaving her home address just before 5pm on Sunday, April 5.
- She is described as being 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build and with mousey coloured hair.
- She was last seen wearing a dark purple coat and grey checked trousers.
- She was also carrying a Waterstones carrier bag.
Ms Pharoah has gone missing in the past and was found in the Chester Le Street area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1207 05/04/15.