Police searching for missing boy, 2, in Leicester recover CCTV of him falling in river

Police searching for missing boy, 2, in Leicester recover CCTV of him falling in river

Police searching the River Soar in Leicester for a missing two-year-old boy have recovered CCTV footage which they believe shows him falling into the water from a towpath.

Giving an update on continuing search efforts on Tuesday, Leicestershire Police Assistant Chief Constable Michaela Kerr said: "This continues to be Leicestershire Police's number one priority - recovering that little boy and making sure that the family are well-supported.

"We have now recovered CCTV imagery that we believe shows the moment when the little boy disappeared into the water."

The incident is still being treated as a missing person inquiry. Ms Kerr said: "We have got nothing to suggest anything other than this is a tragic set of circumstances."

"The last thing that we can see of the CCTV is that he just disappears into the water”, she said.

The boy had been with family when he fell into the water in the Aylestone Meadows area, close to Marsden Lane, at around 5pm on Sunday.

A man who was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure has been discharged, Leicestershire Police said.

Assistant chief constable Kerr said police are doing everything they can to find the boy “as quickly as possible”.

The senior officer said marine recovery dogs were now involved in the searches, while a drone unit is also assisting the operation. Underwater dive teams are also in use.

Ms Kerr added: "We have had tremendous support from the local community, and we thank everyone who has assisted with our enquiries.

"This is an extremely difficult time for the family, our thoughts are very much with them, and we continue to support them.

"A number of teams from across the force and region have assisted us during this operation and our priority remains to locate the young boy."

Police appealed to anyone who spoke to officers near the scene on Monday to get back in touch.

A dog walker who walked along the footpath near the Packhorse Bridge at around 5pm has also been asked to contact police.

Specialist teams were deployed to the area, including Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and the operation continued overnight with force units using night vision goggles searching the area.

A long-standing resident whose home overlooks Aylestone Meadows said flooding from the River Soar in recent weeks had left parts of the nature reserve in a treacherous state.

She said a helicopter had initially flown over the area for around an hour after reports that a two-year-old child had fallen in the river.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, told reporters: “It seemed to be there for a long time hovering.

“It felt as if it was above my house. The lights were on and it didn’t move for about an hour or so.”

The woman, who walks regularly in the area, said a nearby canal and the river sometimes “go into one” during peak flooding periods.

“It’s fast-flowing,” she said of current conditions. “It’s been quite bad.

“It’s devastating to think how they (family members) must be feeling.”

Anyone with any information should contact 999 quoting incident 476:180224.