Darren Downes
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Ellis Downe's father criticises police for 'horrendous' response

The father of a drowned teenager has criticised the "horrendous" police response to his son's disappearance.

Darren Downes said he believes "a lost dog" would have got better treatment than his missing 16-year-old son Ellis.

He told BBC Oxford the police would not use diver to search for the teenager after he went missing in the River Thames and blocked a private dive team from entering the water.

A police watchdog will now investigate Thames Valley Police over the case.

  • 12 May 2016
  • From the section Oxford