Police are scaling down the search for Ian Bell. The eight-year-old boy who fell into the River Wear in Country Durham on Friday. Local volunteers have joined police divers and rescue teams to scour the area at Sunny Brow near Crook.
Police say they've been overwhelmed by the response from this community but they are also concerned that volunteers don't put themselves in danger as they help to search for Ian.
A group of volunteer water search and rescuers have arrived from Derbyshire to help police with the search for missing Ian Bell.
The search now extends from Sunnybrow to Chester-le-Street.
The fire service say they have been overwhelmed by the public response for help and are urging people to take care while on the river bank.
Searches are continuing for a missing eight year old boy after he fell into the River Wear in County Durham. People came again today from many miles away to help look for Ian Bell.
Police say they are simply 'searching for Ian Bell' now, rather than working on the basis that he is alive.
Officers would not comment on whether they now assume he is dead, but throughout the day many volunteers began to express their fears he could not survive the cold.
Teams of volunteers from across County Durham are helping in the search for missing Ian Bell.
One woman said: "The family must be going through hell. If my child went missing, I'd want people to do the same."
A search and rescue boat was also sent up the Wear towards Page Bank. Many volunteers began to express their concerns that Ian may be dead, as the temperature around Sunnybrow plummeted.
A community support centre has been set up in Sunnybrow to help those who are affected by 8-year-old Ian Bell going missing.