Police search River Wear for County Durham boy
Search teams are scouring the River Wear for an eight-year-old boy
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Police in County Durham are searching the River Wear for signs of an eight-year-old boy who is believed to have fallen in last night while playing with friends.
Forces worked through the night in an attempt to find signs of the boy, who was playing on the riverside in Crook, near Willington, when he plunged into the water.
According to a police spokesman, the eight-year-old boy, who is believed to be from Sunny Brow, fell down an embankment close to the Brown Trout pub.
RAF search and rescue teams, Durham Police and the local fire brigade have all been called in to help find the boy, the representative added.
"An extensive search of the river is currently in progress, with assistance from the fire brigade. Teesside Search and Rescue are also providing assistance, along with the police North East Air Support Unit."
A spokeswoman for the fire service confirmed that a call to Prospect Place, at Sunny Brow, Crook, had been received, with an eight-year-year-old boy reported to have fallen into the River Wear.
"The RAF and Teesdale and Weardale mountain team are continuing the search during the evening hours," she added.
An update on the whereabouts of the boy and the teams' progress is expected this morning.