Tayside and Central Scotland

Missing two-year-old boy found dead in Perthshire river

River Ericht
Image caption The boy's body was recovered from the River Ericht

A two-year-old boy has been found dead in a river after being reported missing in Perthshire.

The boy's body was recovered from the River Ericht at Cally Bridge, near Blairgowrie, at about 12:35.

He had been reported missing from a property in the nearby Milton of Drimmie area at 11:15.

Police, firefighters, a water rescue unit and air ambulance were involved in the search. No details on the child's identity have been released.

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Image caption The boy was reported missing from a property near Bridge of Cally

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Around 11:15am today, police in Perthshire received a report of a two-year-old boy missing from a property in the Milton of Drimmie area, close to Bridge of Cally, in Perthshire.

"Officers immediately launched a full search of the area, with assistance from the Police Scotland helicopter and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service personnel.

"Around 12:35pm, the child was located in the River Ericht, close to the property. He was removed from the water by fire personnel and treated by paramedics, who had attended the scene with the air ambulance.

"Tragically, the boy did not survive. His family are being supported by officers at this time."

Image caption Flowers have been left on a gate near the River Ericht

Deputy first minister John Swinney, who is MSP for Perthshire North, expressed his sympathy for the family.

He tweeted: "Heartbreaking news from the River Ericht at Bridge of Cally. My deepest sympathies to everyone involved."

Local councillor Liz Grant, who is provost of Perth and Kinross, said: "It will be absolutely devastating for the family and the community.

"It is a very small community. Bridge of Cally is a small village.

"The River Ericht is fast, the rivers are all fast coming down through that area, particularly at this time of year."