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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.

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