Five-year-old boy dies after being found in Bridgend river

310721 Child river death

A five-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a river in Bridgend.

Police were called in the early hours of Saturday morning after reports of a missing child in Sarn, Bridgend.

Officers found the body of the child in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park.

He was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital where he was confirmed to be dead.

South Wales Police said they are 'keeping an open mind' and are working hard to establish the full circumstances of the child's death so that they can provide answers to his family.

Police are investigating how the child ended up in the water and are keen to speak to anyone who might have information.

Chief Inspector Geraint White said: "This is a tragic incident in which a young child has sadly lost their life.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who has any information, to get in touch. We would ask the public not to speculate about this incident on social media as this is an active investigation.

"If you have any information that can help, please report this to us."Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them in every way we can."

Mr White said that detectives are continuing efforts to establish what happened. He said that "regular contact" had been made with the boy's family, who are being supported by specialist trained officers.

He added: "The local neighbourhood police team will continue to support and speak to residents in the area, and I encourage people to talk to them if they have any concerns.

"We recognise there are a lot of people in the local community who would like answers about what happened to him.

"This is an extensive and sensitive investigation and many people have been affected by this death."

He thanked members of the local community for their "understanding and support".

The force called for anyone with any information to contact them quoting reference number 2100268674.