Three arrested for murder after boy, five, is found dead in Welsh river: Man, 39, woman, 30, and boy, 13, are questioned by police probing incident
- Three people have been arrested following death of a five-year-old boy in Wales
- South Wales Police were called at 5.45am yesterday to reports of a missing child
- The boy’s body was found in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park in Bridgend
Three people – including a 13-year-old – have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a five-year-old boy was found dead in a Welsh river.
The boy, who has yet to be identified, was reported missing from his south Wales home at around 5.45am on Saturday morning.
His body was recovered in the River Ogmore, and he was pronounced dead after being taken to Bridgend’s Princess of Wales Hospital.
A 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy have now been arrested on suspicion of murder, South Wales Police said.
A body of a five-year-old boy was pulled from a Welsh river by police after they were called to reports of a missing child
Officers were called at 5.45am on Saturday to the Sarn area of Bridgend, south Wales. The boy’s body was found in the River Ogmore (pictured)
Detectives insist they are ‘keeping an open mind’ over the death of the five-year-old boy
Large parts of Pandy Park in Sarn were sealed off as police forensics teams carried out a fingertip search of the area.
Specially trained officers are supporting the boy’s family and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Chief Inspector Geraint White said: ‘Our condolences go out to the family of the young boy and our thoughts are with them.
‘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 are keeping an open mind and are working hard to establish the full circumstances of his death so that we can provide answers to his family.
‘This is an extensive and sensitive investigation and many people have been affected by this death.’
It comes after shocked residents told how they were woken to screams coming from outside the family home on the terraced row of flats.
Shocked residents told how they were woken to screams coming from outside the family home on the terraced row of flats. Pictured: Forensic specialists scour the Sarn area
One neighbour said: ‘I could hear the mum screaming for her son. She was shouting ‘the back door was open’ and calling for him.
‘A short while later the old bill turned up and they’ve been here ever since.’
Other neighbours on the row of terraced flats where the boy lived said they were woken by shouts coming from the downstairs property.
One woman said: ‘I could hear a row going off. I think the mother was on the phone to the police.’
Another woman said: ‘The police have been going door-to-door and asking questions and they’ve been looking in the park all day.’