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Inquiry launched after Catterick schoolboy sparks major search
AN inquiry has been launched into how a ten-year-old boy went missing from a school, sparking a major search operation.
North Yorkshire County Council said the investigation had begun after Jonty Willis-McKendry vanished at 11.50am on Tuesday, while attending Carnagill Primary School, in Catterick Garrison.
Reports of the missing boy spread across the town on social media after an alert was issued by North Yorkshire Police.
Police searched the area and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team assembled 20 volunteers as scores of residents took to the streets of Catterick Garrison looking for the boy.
Residents equipped with torches searched woodland near the school, as well as playgrounds and other open spaces in the town.
Police searched the area surrounding the town and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team assembled 20 volunteers to look for the boy before he turned up at a farmhouse in the Hudswell area, north of Catterick Garrison, at 7.30pm.
The owners of the farm recognised him from a picture released by police, who had appealed for help to find him.
One member of his family later gave an emotional thank you to residents who had helped in the search on a social networking site.
The Department of Education said schools remain responsible the for day-to-day health and safety of children whenever they are in the care of school staff.
A council spokeswoman said its inquiry would form part of a multi-agency response to the incident.
She declined to explain how the boy had managed to leave the school premises.
She said: “The local authority in partnership with Carnagill Primary School has been supporting Jonty and his family prior to this incident and will now continue to do so under our missing from home and care procedures.”
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