Body found in River Tees thought to be 15-year-old boy

A search operation was launched on Monday evening Credit: Family photo

Durham Constabulary has confirmed that a body has been found in the River Tees at Broken Scar, Darlington.

A multi-agency search operation was launched shortly after 5pm on Monday 17 August, following reports a teenager had gone into the river and got into difficulty.

Police have now confirmed the 15-year-old boy who died has been named as Anas El-Rafai from Darlington. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Local residents told ITV News the area of Broken Scar is a popular spot for dog walkers and with teenagers who come to enjoy the water during the summer months. The tragedy has prompted fresh warnings over how dangerous cold and fast-flowing water can be.