hit tracker Daniel Alaby’s dad is ‘in bits’ after son, 5, died in river as he tells pals ‘we keep doors locked, how did he get out?’ – Newsmix.pics

Daniel Alaby’s dad is ‘in bits’ after son, 5, died in river as he tells pals ‘we keep doors locked, how did he get out?’

THE dad of a five-year-old boy found in the River Thames is “in bits” as he questioned “how he got out”.

A police appeal was launched to find Daniel Alaby on Friday after he went missing from his home in Thamesmead, south-east London, at 5.30pm.

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A police appeal was launched to find Daniel Alaby, 5, on Friday[/caption]

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Floral tributes were left at the scene for little Daniel[/caption]

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People paid their respects at the place where Daniel was pulled from the river[/caption]

At 6.23pm officers looking for Daniel found a child in the river, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police administered CPR before the paramedics arrived.

The boy – understood to be Daniel – was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the force added.

His family have been made aware and are being supported by police.

A local, who didn’t want to be named, said she had seen Daniel’s father this morning and he was an “absolute wreck”.

She told The Sun: “He said: ‘Daniel love’s water, he’s drawn to the water’.

“There should be higher railings, up there it’s open, there’s not even a wall this big up there.

“You don’t see anyone sitting or climbing on the wall. The only people who do it are the fishermen.”

She added: “His dad this morning was saying: ‘we keep the doors locked, how did he get out?’.”

Labour‘s councillor for Thamesmead Moorings Averil Lekau said there was “no way” the boy could have climbed over a barrier and got into the water.

“This is a busy place. It’s got people running, cycling, all the time, so from walking over from there [boy’s home], somebody would have seen a kid of that age on their own and for me that would have set off alarm bells.

“This is so unusual. I’ve lived in Thamesmead for 40 years. It’s not something we have ever experienced.

“Thamesmead has so many waterways, canals, locks and so on, but the river, we have never had an issue with it.”

Police statement in full

Police issued an appeal on Friday, 29 March, to locate a missing boy, Daniel Alaby.

At 18:23hrs that evening officers looking for Daniel found a child in the River Thames.

Officers pulled the child from the water and administered CPR prior to the arrival of LAS.

The child, who is believed to be Daniel, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

He was pronounced dead at hospital later that evening.

Daniel’s family have been made aware. They are being supported by police officers.

Enquiries are under way to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Anyone who may have seen Daniel on Friday evening is asked to call police on 101 or post @MetCC ref 4592/29MAR24.

At this very early stage, there is no evidence to suggest that any other person was involved. Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances.

It comes as floral tributes were left at the scene for Daniel.

One read: “Daniel, sleep peacefully. Thoughts are with your family.”

Another said: “Rest in eternal peace little man. Thoughts are with your family at this sad time.”

There is no evidence to suggest that any other person was involved, the Met said.

Anyone who may have seen Daniel on Friday is asked to call police on 101 or post @MetCC ref 4592/29MAR24.

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One read: ‘Rest in eternal peace little man’[/caption]

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Tributes flooded in to the young boy[/caption]

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The young boy had gone missing from his home in Thamesmead, south-east London[/caption]

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