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11 May 2016, 15:45
Thames Valley Police have recognised concerns about how they handled the case from the family of Ellis Downes and the wider community.
An investigation is now going to be carried out in to how Thames Valley Police dealt with the the recovery of a missing boy in Oxford.
16-year-old Ellis Downes' body was found by volunteers after he went missing in the River Thames on Saturday near Abingdon.
Thames Valley Police have now announced that they've referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after saying they are aware of the family and community concerns around their actions.
Thames Valley Police Statement:
Thames Valley Police has today referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission with regard to the recovery of Ellis Downes (aged 16) who was last seen swimming in the River Thames at Culham on Saturday evening.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross said:
“I can confirm that Thames Valley Police have referred themselves to the IPCC with respect to the handling of the recovery of Ellis. We are aware of the family and community concerns around our actions following this tragic incident and the referral was made this morning (11/5). I expect the IPCC to respond with a decision on how the IPCC wishes the investigation to be managed.”