The body of a 13-year-old teenager has sadly been found in the River Wear, Durham Police have confirmed.
The body was recovered in a stretch of water near Bishop Auckland on Monday.
Durham Police had launched a multi-agency operation.
According to a police spokeswoman, formal identification has not yet been carried out but the body is believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy.
She said: “His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this tragic time,” and added that the death was not being treated as suspicious.
It comes after police responded to reports on Sunday of a person in the river near Toronto Bridge.
A multi-agency operation to find the person was later launched, including specialists from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue, the local police force, fire officers and a police helicopter.
Prior to finding the body, locals who wanted to assist with the search were warned to stay away from “hazardous” conditions on the river.
“We are aware of a number of people who are planning to go to the Bishop Auckland area this morning to assist in the search,” a tweet from Durham Police said.
It added: “Conditions near the river are particularly hazardous and we would request people stay away from the area for their own safety.”
Bishop Auckland is currently on alert for rain, snow and icy conditions.
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