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Man, woman and boy, 13, arrested over death of five-year-old in Bridgend

A 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a five-year-old boy who was pulled from a river in Bridgend, South Wales police said.

The boy was found in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park, in the Sarn area of Bridgend, on Saturday.

A statement from South Wales police on Sunday said: “We can confirm that following reports of concerns for a missing five-year-old boy in Sarn, Bridgend, and the subsequent finding of the body in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park, three people have been arrested.

“A 39-year-old man, 30-year-old woman and 13-year-old man, all from the Bridgend area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. We are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.”

An investigation was ongoing into the circumstances of the incident, with police calling for witnesses who were in the area at 5.45am on Saturday to come forward with information about how the child ended up in the water.

Ch Insp Geraint White had said: “This is a tragic incident in which a young child has sadly lost their life.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who has any information, to get in touch. We would ask the public not to speculate about this incident on social media as this is an active investigation.

“If you have any information that can help, please report this to us. Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them in every way we can.”

White said that “regular contact” had been made with the boy’s family, who are being supported by specialist trained officers.

He added: “The local neighbourhood police team will continue to support and speak to residents in the area, and I encourage people to talk to them if they have any concerns. We recognise there are a lot of people in the local community who would like answers about what happened to him.

“We are keeping an open mind and are working hard to establish the full circumstances of his death so that we can provide answers to his family. This is an extensive and sensitive investigation and many people have been affected by this death.”

He thanked members of the local community for their “understanding and support”.

The force called for anyone with any information to contact them quoting reference number 2100268674.

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