The funeral has taken place of a South Yorkshire boy whose body was found on a building site.
Conley Thompson’s body was discovered in a pipe on a building site on Bank End Road, Worsbrough, on Monday, July 27.
The seven-year-old sparked a huge search after he failed to return home the night before after telling his mother he was going out with friends.
More than 100 mourners gathered at St Thomas and St James Church, near the building site, for Conley's funeral.
His coffin, decorated with images of superheroes, arrived at the church in a horse-drawn hearse with the driver dressed as Spider-Man.
The family and friends who were dressed in clothing patterned with Marvel comic book characters to reflect the young boy’s love of the cartoons.
Conley’s mother, Paula, wore a Marvel comic dress, while his grandmother wore leggings patterned with the superheroes and a red t-shirt that read Conley and Super Nan-nan.
Reverend Trevor Keightley described Conley as a ‘lovable rogue’ during the funeral service.
He said the young boy, who would have celebrated his 8th birthday yesterday, loved climbing and music, and was ‘cheeky’.
Rev Keightley said: “Everyone in Worsbrough, and around the country, was shocked when we heard of Conley’s tragic death.
“Conley remains with us through the memories that many will have of him. We’ve been touched by Conley near and far.
“He was so full of life and promise, and that’s what hurts the most: never seeing him grow up.
“So we are left with the memories of Conley and those memories are to be treasured.”
Rev Keightley read out a poem written for Conley by his aunt before he was born. Another poem described Conley’s love of Spiderman, Iron Man and the Avengers.
After the service mourners went to Ardsley Cemetery for the burial.
A post-mortem examination found that Conley, of Underwood Avenue, Worsbrough Dale, died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe.
South Yorkshire Police said there were no suspicious surrounding his death.
Detectives are investigating Conley's movements on the day of his death and appealed for anyone who may have seen him after 6pm on Sunday, July 26 to come forward.
Initial reports suggested he had gone to play in Locke Park, a mile away from the building site and about two miles away from his home, but police said they believe he may have gone elsewhere before entering the building site.
Conley's family hit back at criticisms about him playing unsupervised.
In a statement they said they would not have allowed him to visit the park alone and asked the public to be respectful and not to cast aspersions.
They said Conley was 'cheeky, mischievous and loud' with a 'heart of gold'.
They said: "To describe Conley you would have to say he was cheeky, mischievous and loud, but also loving and caring with a heart of gold.
"As with most boys his age, Conley lived life large and loud, with a zest for adventure and curiosity."
They thanked everyone for their kindness and support since Conley's death.
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