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Day Three: Major search operation for missing 8 year old

People living in Sunnybrow in County Durham are being offered support as the search for 8 year old Ian Bell enters it's third day.

Ian Bell
Ian Bell Credit: Durham Police

A major search operation has been underway since he fell into the River Wear near to the Brown Trout while playing with friends.

Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue Credit: North News

The police, Durham County Council, the Red Cross and the WRVS were on hand at Sunnybrow Community Centre, Dovedale Avenue, where a community support centre is now open.

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Volunteer: "Current was really strong last night"

Family and friends say that the eight year old was playing on a branchnear the river that snapped, at 7 last night.Another child ran up to call help, which is when the search began.

River Wear, County Durham
River Wear, County Durham Credit: ITV

One volunteer, who knew the boy, said: "I haven't slept all night."I've been out searching all morning. But the current was really strong last night."Some volunteers have walked as far as 10 miles to find the boy.People say he is a "mischievous lad" who had a sense of adventure.

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