Body of missing 15-year-old boy found after he disappeared in lake at Lakeside Shopping Centre

COPS have found the body of a teenager after a 15-year-old lad disappeared on a lake at Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Essex Police said today they had suspended their search and the family of the boy had been informed.

Police said formal identification of the body will take place in due course.

Superintendent Craig Saunders said: “I want to thank the local community for their patience, and all those involved who have helped with the investigation.”

Witnesses called police to Alexandra Lake at around 8.50pm on Friday, saying the teenager had gone missing while in the water near the Lakeside Travelodge.

A new inflatable water park had opened on the lake a few weeks ago. It was closed at the time he went missing.

Investigations surrounding the incident and the events leading up to it are ongoing.

Cops and firefighters were called just before 9pm last night following reports that the teen had vanished at the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, Essex.

This morning officers were seen wading through Alexandra Lake, where they believe he was last seen at around 8.50pm.

A lifeboat was pictured on the water and a police cordon was up as the public was told to stay away.

A witness told of the "sombre" mood on Friday evening as the search took place.

They said: "I drove down after my wife saw loads of emergency services down here."

"There's a load of incident response teams here – loads of ambulances and fire trucks and specialist diving crews searching the river, which is just at the back of the Travelodge at Lakeside.

"I overheard a conversation which appears to be a mother of somebody who was in the river. There's a sombre mood here.

"Everyone's got a job to do and they're doing it well emergency services-wise. It's quite eerie watching the boats go over the river carefully as they search."

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