Nottingham

Body find confirmed as missing boy Ciaran Sweeney

Ciaran Sweeney
Image caption Ciaran Sweeney's family said the past few weeks had been "unbearable"

A body discovered in a quarry has been confirmed as missing schoolboy Ciaran Sweeney, police have said.

The 14-year-old was reported missing from his home in Mansfield's Oak Tree estate in Nottinghamshire on 14 September.

Police discovered a body on Tuesday at Ratcher Hill quarry in Southwell Road, Mansfield.

A post-mortem examination has taken place but the results are expected to take several weeks, the force said.

Officers are now working to establish the full circumstances surrounding Ciaran's death in preparation for an inquest.

'Typical boy'

Ch Insp Paul Winter said: "This is a case that has deeply affected the community.

"The response to our appeals for information was overwhelming and the sight of so many posters in people's windows and cars was a clear demonstration of a community united by the desire to find him.

"I am only sorry that it has had such a tragic ending."

In a joint statement, Ciaran's mother Rheane O'Neill and stepmother Tanya Poulton described him as "a typical 14-year-old boy".

They said: "He loved watching television, particularly Top Gear, and survival programmes, although he wasn't the type to go off into the wilderness himself.

"The last few weeks have been unbearable and then to not have found Ciaran alive is the worst thing any family could face.

"Our comfort has been the support of all of our family, neighbours and community who have helped us search for him."

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