Missing boy died after 'slipping into pipe'

Seven-year-old Conley Thompson from Barnsley died after becoming trapped in a pipe at a construction site, his grandmother has said.

A search began for Conley on Sunday when he failed to come home after playing with friends. His body was found at the construction site on Monday morning.

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'No suspicious circumstances' surround 7-year-old's death

There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of 7-year-old Barnsley boy Conley Thompson, police have said following a post-mortem.

Police said they would now focus on how Thompson accessed the construction site where he slipped into a pipe and died.

The results of the post mortem suggest that Conley had, by some means, entered a vertical pipe on a nearby construction site and was unable to get out.

Conley's weight caused him to fall further into the pipe and pushed his clothing up around his body restricting his breathing.

There is no suggestion of any third party involvement.

Our job is to now piece together Conley's movements on Sunday evening and establish how he accessed the construction site.

Forming part of that investigation we will continue to work with the Health and Safety Executive and our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Conley at this extremely difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, the Senior Investigating officer


Security firm 'reported children at site numerous times'

A security firm previously employed on the construction site where the body of Conley Thompson was found said it had reported "numerous occasions" of children trying to get in.

Peter Taylor, manager of Security Guards UK, said the company was no longer employed on the site at Bank End Road in Worsbrough near Barnsley although its signs remained.

He said: "We were employed on the site until July 16. During the time we did report on numerous occasions kids trying to get into the site and various trespassers.

"If a security guard was on site then he would have spotted it and would have prevented it from happening. We are very sorry for the family's loss."

Police checked site before builders found boy's body

A construction site where the body of missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson was found by builders this morning was checked by police officers last night, the force have said.

The construction site where Conley Thompson's body was found Credit: PA Wire

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford said the site in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley was checked "during the hours of darkness" by officers after Conley was reported missing just after 10pm last night and found to be securely locked with a large perimeter fence.

He said the investigation was declared as a "critical incident" and around 50 officers were drafted in with searches taking place throughout the night.

The youngster's body was found by construction workers at 8.30am this morning.

Det Chief Inspector Stopford added: “The investigation continues into the cause of Conley's death and we are working with the Health and Safety Executive as part of that investigation.”

Grandma: Conley died after slipping into plastic pipe

Seven-year-old Conley Thompson died after he slipped into a plastic pipe on a construction site, his grandmother has said.

Deborah Fraser said: "He got in through a little hole at the top of the construction site. Because it was raining he slid down and went into a vertical pipe."

Paying tribute to her grandson she said he had "a smile that would light up a room."

Grandmother warned grandson to stay away from site

The grandmother of a seven-year-old boy said she had warned him to stay away from the construction site where his body was found.

Deborah Fraser said he had played at the site in Worsbrough, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire before and she had warned him to stay away.


Developers working with police to probe boy's death

Developers have said they are working with police to investigate the death of a seven-year-old boy whose body was found on a construction site.

Officers at the building site in South Yorkshire Credit: PA Wire

The body of Conley Thompson was found on the site in Worsbrough, South Yorkshire, after he we missing after going to play with friends on Sunday.

Developers Howard Civil Engineering said they were working with police to investigate the "tragic incident".

The site is owned by Erris Homes Ltd.

Police have said they are treating the death as unexplained and post mortem tests are due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.

We are co-operating fully with the police investigation into this tragic incident. While this continues, we are unable to comment further.

– Howard Civil Engineering

Conley's babysitter pays tribute to Barnsley schoolboy

The babysitter of missing Barnsley schoolboy Conley Thompson has paid tribute to the seven-year-old after what is believed to be the child's body was discovered on a construction site this morning.

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Body discovery raises doubts over site's '24 hour security'

The locals I have been speaking with in the last hour have told me this construction site has not had much activity in recent months and it became something of a magnet for young teenagers predominantly to hang around, not so much young children.

But there is a gap at the back of the construction site that would be small enough for a child to come in and if that is where Conley was able to access there will be questions raised because there is a sign here that says there is 24 hour security watch over this construction site - clearly not the case because some child did manage to get in here last night.

Flowers left for Conley Thompson after body discovery

Floral tributes have begun being laid close to the construction site where a child's body, believed to be missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson, has been found.

A woman was seen bringing flowers to the construction site in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police forensic officers were seen searching the site on Bank End Road after the body was found at 8.30am. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
The grim discovery came around 12 hours after the schoolboy was reported missing having failed to return to his family home. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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