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Police were called at 5.45am on Saturday to a report of concern for a missing child in the Sarn area of Bridgend.

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South Wales Police were alerted to the incident at 5.45am on Saturday (PA)

South Wales Police were alerted to the incident at 5.45am on Saturday (PA)

South Wales Police were alerted to the incident at 5.45am on Saturday (PA)

A five-year-old boy has died after being pulled from a river in Wales, police have said.

South Wales Police were called at 5.45am on Saturday to a report of concern for a missing child in the Sarn area of Bridgend.

Officers attended and found the child in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park.

He was taken to Princess of Wales Hospital where his death was confirmed.

The family is being supported by specially trained officers.

Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them in every way we can Chief Inspector Geraint White

An investigation is 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.

Chief Inspector Geraint White 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.”

Mr White said that detectives are continuing efforts to establish what happened.

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He 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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