Boy, 13, missing after 'falling into River Thames on his way to school'

A SCHOOLBOY has vanished after falling from Tower Bridge into the River Thames on his way to school, his headteacher has said.

The 13-year-old pupil is said to have been wearing full school uniform when he got off a bus before reaching his destination at the Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle, South London.

In a letter to parents, Principal Matt Jones said the Year 8 student got off the bus near Tower Bridge and "fell into the River Thames" on Tuesday morning.

He added the incident is currently being treated as a missing person investigation led by City of London Police.

Mr Jones wrote: "It is with worry that I share news about [pupil's name], a Year 8 student at Ark Globe Academy.

"On the morning of Tuesday 20 April, (he) did not make his way into school despite travelling on a bus with a friend in full school uniform.

"He got off the bus near Tower Bridge before his usual bus stop nearest to Ark Globe Academy and fell into the River Thames.

"At this moment in time, police are treating this case as a 'missing persons' incident.

"This is obviously distressing news for (the boy's) family, friends and the wider Ark Globe community.

"Our hopes and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time."

City of London Police has been contacted for comment.

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