Schoolboy missing after falling from Tower Bridge into the Thames

The Year 8 pupil has been missing since Tuesday Credit: PA

A schoolboy has gone missing after falling off Tower Bridge and into the River Thames in London, his head teacher has said. The Year 8 Ark Globe Academy pupil was said to have been travelling with a friend on a bus on Tuesday morning but did not arrive at the school in Southwark.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday 21st April, executive principal Matt Jones said the boy was in full school uniform but exited near the bridge, before his usual stop closest to the school in Elephant and Castle. He then "fell" into the River Thames, Mr Jones said.

City of London Police confirmed it was leading an investigation into a missing person, linked to an incident where a child fell into the river from Tower Bridge. The force said despite an "intensive search" by officers, helicopter and marine units, the boy had not yet been found.

Mr Jones said in a statement on Friday the 23rd April that the student did not arrive at school on the morning of April 20. He said:

A City of London Police spokesperson said the force was working with the Metropolitan Police as part of the "missing person" investigation. Anyone who witnessed anything on Tuesday April 20 at 8.09am can call the police on 020 7601 2999, quoting reference 21000215310." 231211 APR 21