Boy, 8, In Major River Rescue

A missing eight-year-old boy feared to have fallen into the River Wear has tonight been named by police as Ian Thomas Bell.

The boy was playing with his friends near the Brown Trout pub at Sunnybrow, near Willington, County Durham.

Since last night a major police search for Ian has been on-going with assistance from the Fire brigade, Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue, Durham County Council Civil Contingency Unit and a Northumbria police marine unit, specialising in underwater search and rescue.

The search continued unti 1.30am this morning and resumed at dawn.

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