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5-Year-Old Found Dead in River, 13-Year-Old Among 3 Arrested

Three people have been arrested after the body of a five-year-old boy was pulled from a river in Wales.

South Wales Police were called at 5:45 am on Saturday, July 31 to a report of concern for a missing child in the Sarn area of Bridgend, South Wales. Officers attended and found the body of the boy in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park.

Police said the boy was taken to the Princess of Wales hospital where his tragic death was confirmed.

A 39-year-old man, 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old, all from the Bridgend area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

South Wales Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident. But they are asking for witnesses who may have any information about how the boy came to be in the water to contact them.

A spokesman for the force said on its Facebook page, “We can confirm that following reports of concerns for a missing five year old boy in #Sarn #Bridgend and the subsequent finding of the body in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park, three people have been arrested.”

“A 39-year-old man, 30-year-old woman and 13-year-old man, all from the Bridgend area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. We are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.”

“Anyone who has any information in relation to the incident can contact the Major Crime Team directly via this portal link or alternatively via one of the following means quoting reference number 2100268674.”

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,” he continued.

Chief Inspector White said thoughts are with the boy’s family who are being supported by South Wales Police.

He added, “The local neighborhood 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 recognize there are a lot of people in the local community who would like answers about what happened to him.”

“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 information and many people have been affected by this death,” he continued.

He also thanked members of the local community for their “understanding and support.”