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Body of ‘young male’ found after huge search for schoolboy, 14, lost at sea

Hartlepool: Police attend scene of incident near Steetley Pier

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Police had been searching for Matthew Sherrington since he vanished last week near Hartlepool, County Durham. Coastguard personnel joined officers in the huge operation and today a body was discovered near Steetley Pier in the town, which goes out into the North Sea.

Formal identification is yet to take place but police are in contact with Matthew’s family.

An orange RNLI boat came as close to the shore as it could this morning, while crew members on the sand held up large green sheets, reports Teesside Live.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “Officers searching for missing Matthew Sherrington aged 14 from Hartlepool have this morning found the body of a young male near to Steetley Pier in Hartlepool.

“Whilst no formal identification has taken place as yet, officers are in contact with Matthew’s family and have informed them that a body has been located.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson reported: “Sadly we were called at 8.39am this morning to reports of a body found at Brus Tunnel, Steetley Pier near West View Road in Hartlepool.

“We sent one ambulance and an officer. We send our condolences to the family and friends for their tragic loss.”

A major search was carried out for the Matthew Sherrington, but sadly Humber Coastguard scaled down their efforts after 13 hours on Friday last week.

The large-scale activity near the coast today has led many people on social media to send their best wishes to Matthew’s family.

Members of the local community and beyond have helped in the search for the teenager since his disappearance.

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