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Search area to find a two-year-old boy has been widened

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Specialist Group International (SGI) will start to work with the police today to provide further support with the search.

Leicestershire Police have increased the search parameter in their investigation to locate a two-year-old boy who fell into the River Soar.

At around 5pm on Sunday 18 February, a report was received stating Xielo Maruziva had fallen into the river in Aylestone Meadows, close to Marsden Lane.

Over the weekend the operation focused on the stretch of river around Watermead Park and Birstall.

Today (Tuesday 27 February) Specialist Group International (SGI) will start to work with the police to provide further support with the search.

Assistant Chief Constable Michaela Kerr said: “We continue to be grateful to the support we’ve been shown by the public and colleagues from other forces and agencies.

“We’re in regular contact with Xielo’s family and are continuing to support them in what remains a very upsetting time. Our search operation to locate Xielo continues to widen as we know he may have travelled further from where he went into the water – and potentially outside our force area.

“I would like to reassure you that our operation is continuing and our teams will be carrying out co-ordinated searches at various points along the river. Our decision to involve SGI in the search in liaison with Xielo’s family and having spoken to both the company and independent specialists.

“I’d also like to remind the public that the river is dangerous and that they should not go into the water themselves. Thank you.”

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