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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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Police believe body on construction site is missing boy

South Yorkshire Police have said they believe the body of a child found at a construction site in Barnsley is that of missing Conley Thompson.

The seven-year-old was last seen at a park in the town yesterday evening where he had gone to play with his friends.

Officers searching throughout the night for the missing schoolboy confirmed that a body was found around 8.30am this morning at Bank End Road in Worsbrough.

Conley's family have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers.

South Yorkshire police at the scene Credit: ITV Yorkshire

We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.

While it is early in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem will take place in due course.

Our thoughts remain with Conley’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

– Detective Inspector Victoria Short, South Yorkshire Police

Body found in search for missing seven-year-old

Police searching for missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson have found the body of a child on a construction site, South Yorkshire Police said.

Police said they were strongly concerned about the whereabouts of Conley Thompson when launching the appeal last night. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Conley was reported missing shortly after 8pm last night when he failed to return home after playing with friends.

He was last seen at Locke Park in Barnsley where he had gone to meet his friends at around 6pm.

Crime teams in white forensic suits were this morning seen at a building site on Bank End Road close to Conley's family home on Underwood Avenue in Worsbrough.


Cliff Richards lawyers: MPs 'enabled media coverage'

Lawyers representing Sir Cliff Richard have accused MPs of damaging the singer by releasing a letter from South Yorkshire Police to the media.

The letter, released earlier this week, said the police investigation had "increased significantly in size" and contained "more than one allegation". Sir Richard's lawyers complain the letter did not need to be published, and its publication "encouraged widespread publicity".

As a direct result of the decision of the committee to publish the SYP letter, and to proactively send it to media organisations, our client has been exposed to a further round of unnecessary and extremely damaging media coverage, with no due process.

Our client had no opportunity to comment or make submissions to the committee in advance of publication, but had he been able to do so, the damage that has since been caused by the Committee's actions and by the SYP letter would, most likely, have been avoided.

It is the committee who have acted as enablers to the media so that they could report on claims of new allegations about which our client has been given no or very little information; about which he has yet to be questioned; for which he has not been arrested; and of course, over which he has not been charged.

The committee have, through their actions, facilitated coverage which would not have otherwise occurred.

– Gideon Benaim, of Michael Simkins LLP

Sir Cliff has previously said the claims against him were "absurd and untrue" and he had "never, in my life, assaulted anyone."

He was interviewed under caution last year by detectives investigating a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s, but was not arrested or charged.

Cliff Richard's lawyers accuse MPs of damaging singer

Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers have written to Keith Vaz about the release of a letter from the police. Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers have written to Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP accusing the committee of causing the singer "a further round of unnecessary and extremely damaging media coverage with no due process" by publishing a letter about the South Yorkshire Police sex abuse investigation earlier this week.

Sir Cliff: 'No idea' where 'absurd and untrue' claims from

Sir Cliff Richard has labelled allegations of a historical sexual assault "absurd and untrue", and said he "remains confident" that his name will be cleared.

I have no idea where these absurd and untrue allegations come from. The police have not disclosed details to me. I have never, in my life, assaulted anyone and I remain confident that the truth will prevail.

I have cooperated fully with the police, and will, of course, continue to do so. Beyond stating that the allegations are completely false, it would not be appropriate for me to say anything further until the investigation has concluded, which I hope will be very soon.

In the meantime, I would, again, like to thank everyone for supporting me through this unbelievably difficult period.

– Sir Cliff Richard

Part of Sir Cliff investigation letter redacted before release

Two paragraphs of the letter sent from South Yorkshire Police's chief constable to MPs were blacked out before being released.

Two paragraphs have been redacted Credit: Parliamentary Select Committee

In what can be read, the letter says:

South Yorkshire Police detectives are in very regular contact with Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers. Typically this involves a verbal update about once a fortnight.

We have not written directly to Sir Cliff Richard. It is the responsibility of his lawyers to ensure he is fully briefed on the conversations which have taken place with investigators.

This is an investigation which has increased significantly in size since its inception. Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers are aware that there is more than one allegation.

In view of the expanding nature of the investigation, it would be premature and potentially misleading to predict a likely date when it will be concluded; however, we are progressing as swiftly as possible.

– David Crompton, chief constable, South Yorkshire Police
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