Search for boys stood down

The coastguard have stopped their search for two boys aged eight and six who were reported to have gone missing from a beach on the Isle of Wight. Officials have said: "We now don't think there are two kids in danger."

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Police 'keeping open mind' over Isle of Wight search

Police have said that they are "keeping an open mind" after the search for two boys reported missing on the Isle of Wight was cancelled.

The force is keeping an open mind about the circumstances of this report. There is no evidence at this time to confirm a criminal offence has been committed deliberately. There could be a completely innocent explanation for what happened. Nothing can be ruled out as we assess all the information available.

We are renewing an appeal for the parents or any relatives of these two boys to contact the police.

– and Isle of Wight Police spokesperson

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