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Hundreds of mourners have celebrated the life of Conley Thompson with a superhero-themed funeral. The seven-year-old died on a building site near to his home in Barnsley last month. Today family and friends attended his funeral service wearing clothes patterned with comic book characters to reflect the little boy's love of cartoons. The congregation was told that Conley was full of life and promise. Martin Fisher reports.
The funeral will be held this morning for a seven-year-old boy from Barnsley who died after becoming trapped on a building site.
Conley Thompson died last month after getting stuck in a pipe on the site at Worsborough. Officers are still investigating the circumstances leading up to his death.
The family of tragic schoolboy Conley Thompson whose body was found on a building site have hit back at criticisms about the seven-year-old playing out unsupervised.
Conley went missing last month after telling his mother he was going to play with friends in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
His body was discovered the following day in a pipe on the building site in Worsbrough.
Initial reports suggested he had gone to play in Locke Park, a mile away from the site and about two miles away from his home, but police said they believe he may have gone elsewhere before entering the construction site.
In a statement released today by South Yorkshire Police, Conley's family said they would not have allowed him to visit the park alone and asked the public to be respectful and refrain from casting aspersions.
A post-mortem examination found that Conley died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe on the building site. South Yorkshire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Detectives said they are investigating the young boy's movements on the day of his death and working with the Health and Safety Executive to find out how Conley entered the building site, which was securely locked with a large perimeter fence. Conley's funeral will be held next Tuesday, August 11, at 11.30am at St Thomas's Church in Worsbrough, Barnsley
His family said they had been overwhelmed by the support from across the UK since Conley's death and thanked people for their condolences.
The family of seven-year-old Conley Thompson, who died on a building site in Barnsley, has issued a statement in tribute to him.
His funeral will be held in the town on Tuesday 11 August.
A minute's silence will be held across Barnsley this afternoon to remember Conley Thompson.
The seven-year-old went missing last Sunday night and his body was found early on Monday morning at a building site near his house.
He died after becoming trapped in a pipe.
A fundraising campaign has been launched to help his family cover funeral costs.
A fundraising campaign has been launched to help meet the funeral costs of seven-year-old Conley Thompson who died earlier this week after becoming trapped in a pipe on a building site near Barnsley.
More than £1000 has been raised so far with donations coming from across our region.
It comes as South Yorkshire Police have appealed for help in tracing Conley's movements on Sunday evening.
Martin Fisher reports:
A fundraising effort has started to raise money for the funeral of 7-year-old Conley Thompson.
The target set for the fundraiser is £5,000.
Conley's body was found on a construction site near his home in Barnsley. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.
South Yorkshire police are still trying to trace the final movements of Conley Thompson after he left his friends at a play park two miles from his home in Worsborough.
Conley's body was found on the site by workman yesterday morning. He died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe. The company carrying out work at the site - Howard Civil Engineering - says it is cooperating with the police investigation.
Today, a book of condolence was opened at a church near his home. Martin Fisher reports.
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Seven year old Conley Thompson has been remembered in a superhero funeral. He died after an accident on a construction site last month.