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Police recover body of missing teenager in water by Lakeside

Specialist teams have been searching the lake today (credit: Essex Police)

Police have found the body of a teenager who was reported missing in water near Lakeside Shopping Centre. 

Officers found the 15-year-old shortly after 12.40pm today. 

The teenager’s family have been informed and formal identification will take place in due course. 

“I want to thank the local community for their patience, and all those involved who have helped with the investigation,” said Superintendent Craig Saunders.

The 15-year-old was first reported missing in Alexandra Lake at 8.50pm last night.

Police, firefighters and paramedics immediately launched a large scale search but were initially unable to locate the boy.

They established a cordon around the scene and left the area shortly after midnight. 

Essex Police and specialist teams continued looking for the 15-year-old today and have now recovered his body. 

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