Body found in the River Eden has been identified as Carlisle teenager

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The body of a boy found in the river Eden has been formally identified as 16-year-old Mohammad Abdul Hamid, known as Hamid, of Barrock Street, Carlisle.

His family and friends are currently being supported by Cumbria Police officers.

The circumstances behind his death are being investigated.

Emergency services confirmed that a body was found at around 11:45 am on Sunday 18 July.

The multi-agency operation began a search on Saturday night at around 9 o'clock, after reports that a teenager entered the River Eden in Rickerby Park.

Cumbria Police received a report from the North West Ambulance Service of concern for the safety of a teenage boy.

Emergency crews responded on Saturday night and the search continued on Sunday morning.

The North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and the Coastguard were also deployed in the operation.

Officers are asking the public to avoid the area to allow police and partners to carry out their investigations.