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Search Continues for Child Swept Away by River Soar

A search operation is continuing in Leicester this morning, after a two-year-old boy fell into the River Soar.

The child had been with his family when he fell into the fast flowing river on Sunday (February 18). He is yet to be located, despite the best efforts of emergency services and those at the scene at the time.

The operation has recommenced this morning (Monday, February 19) with “additional specialist teams” joining the search for the toddler.

Leicester Time: Search Continues for Child Swept Away by River Soar
Picture: Leicestershire Police

Emergency services attended the scene shortly after 5pm on Sunday and a search and rescue operation began in Aylestone Meadows, close to Marsden Lane.

Leicestershire fire and rescue service said police were leading the operation.

Police said a man was taken to hospital “as a precautionary measure”. The child’s family were being supported by specialist officers.

The force said: “Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time. We have had a number of offers of support to assist with the search and would kindly ask that people do not attend the scene due to rising water levels and safety risks.

“If anyone has any information or comes across anything that may assist officers, they are asked to contact us immediately.”

People are asked to contact 999 with information quoting incident 476:180224