Body of boy, 15, pulled from river by divers after huge overnight search

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The body of a 15-year-old boy has been pulled from a river in County Durham after an overnight search.

Durham Police said the alarm was raised shortly after 5pm on Monday afternoon when the teenager got into difficulty near Broken Scar, Darlington.

A huge search operation was launched yesterday, with Durham Constabulary, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, North East Ambulance Service, Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team and underwater search teams being scrambled.

At around midnight, a body was found, believed to belong to the missing teenager.

The boy is yet to be named.

A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary told ChronicleLive: "We are sorry to report a body has been found in the River Tees at Broken Scar, Darlington.

"A multi-agency search operation was launched shortly after 5pm yesterday following reports a teenager had gone into the river and had got into difficulty.

"Sadly, a body was found shortly before midnight.

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"Formal identification has yet to take place, but it is believed to be the body of a 15-year-old boy.

"His family have been informed and are being supported and our thoughts are with them at this tragic time.

"His death is not being treated as suspicious."

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