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Ifan Owen-Jones, from Pembrokeshire, Wales, was just four years old when he was pronounced dead earlier this month. Emergency services were called on August 7 after he went missing while playing in a garden sandpit.

The young boy was found in a natural pond which is understood to have been some way from the family home.

Ifan had two older brothers and one younger brothers.

His family have released an emotional statement in which they said these “adored” him.

They are now raising funds to cover the young boy’s funeral costs.

His family wrote on a GoFundMe campaign: “Ifan was a happy and healthy four-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Autism but with help in place he was enjoying life to the full!

“He loved fire trucks and the colour blue he had two older brothers and one younger bother that adored him.

“On the 7th of August their lives changed forever when Ifan was in a tragic accident and lost his life.

“[We have] set this go fund me page to try and give Ifan the best send off we can.

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“Thanks for all the support already given we as a family are eternally thankful.”

More to follow.