Two men arrested in canal boy hunt

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A BODY recovered from a canal in Devon yesterday is believed to be that of a 16-year-old boy who has been missing since Friday night.

Two men were arrested in connection with the death.

Police divers discovered the body, thought to be that ofGeorge Mortimer, in the water a few hundred yards from his home in Exeter. The body was found in reeds on the edge of the city's ship canal when the search was widened with extra personnel, police said.

The results of a post-mortem examination should be released this morning.

Two men were arrested in the Altrincham area of Greater Manchester yesterday and were driven to Exeter, where they were still being questioned by police late last night. It is believed one of the men may have gone to the canal to assist officers in their hunt for the boy.

George went missing after telling a friend on Friday night he was meeting two men by the canal, police have said. He was due to meet friends at one of their homes in the city for a regular gathering at around 7pm and stay overnight, but he failed to arrive.

He was reported missing by his family on Saturday morning.