Police have discovered a body in their search for a missing seven-year-old boy in South Yorkshire.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police found the body of a child on a construction site on Bank End Road in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley at 08:30 BST on Monday.

Formal identification is yet to take place, but the police said that they believe the body to be that of missing boy Conley Thompson.

Detective Inspector Victoria Short, who is leading the investigation, said:

“We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.

“While it is early in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem will take place in due course.

“Our thoughts remain with Conley’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Conley, of Underwood Avenue in Worsbrough near Barnsley, was last seen in Locke Park, about 40 minutes from his home, at around 20:00 BST on Sunday. He had been playing with friends at the park and was due to return home, but after he failed to arrive, police were alerted two hours later.

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