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Police find boy’s body on North Sea island

Police have discovered a child's body on the North Sea island of Amrum - in the same playground where a missing ten-year-old, identified only as Sebastian, was last seen on Sunday evening.

Police find boy's body on North Sea island
Photo: DPA

“We have to assume that this is the missing Sebastian,” a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Police had mobilised helicopters, boats, and tracker dogs in their three-day search for the boy, who went missing from a “pirate ship” playground on Amrum, a tiny island off the coast of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“A holiday photo showed where the boy was last digging in the sand,” police spokesman Matthias Glamann said. Police then dug at that spot, stopping at 1.5 metres when they found a body.

“The rescue workers soon found a lifeless child,” Glamann said. He refused to answer the question of whether there was any sign of violence on the body.

Sebastian was last seen playing at the playground on Sunday with another boy, named Lukas, who told police that he left the playground at around 4:30pm.

Sebastian’s parents reported him missing at 8pm.

The playground was only around 200 metres from Sebastian’s parents’ holiday home.

The Local/DPA/bk

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Teenage footballer dies after brawl with French players in Germany

A 15-year-old footballer from Berlin died on Wednesday after he was seriously injured in a fight with players from a French team at an international youth tournament, police said.

Teenage footballer dies after brawl with French players in Germany

The teenager “died in hospital as a result of his severe brain injuries” after being hit on the head in the altercation in Frankfurt on Sunday, local police said in a statement.

A 16-year-old player from the French team was arrested following the fight and was still being held in custody, police said.

The brawl occurred following the final whistle in a game between the victim’s side JFC Berlin and a team from French second-division club Metz.

Investigators were still looking at the “detailed sequence of events” which led to the young player’s injuries, they said.

The victim was seemingly hit “on the head or neck” before he “fell to the floor and had to be resuscitated”, police said in a separate statement Tuesday.

The victim, already declared brain dead on Tuesday, was kept on life support so his organs could be donated, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office said.

French club Metz said Tuesday it was “profoundly shocked” by the events at the tournament in Frankfurt.

Metz confirmed that a player from its “Performance Programme”, a scheme which gives “young footballers… from all over the world access to a high-level training structure”, was being held by German authorities.

The suspected attacker “denies having deliberately caused serious bodily harm”, the club said.

The tournament organisers also said Tuesday they were shocked by the events, describing them as “unbelievably sad”.

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