Tyne & Wear

Luke Pearce: 'Final search' for missing student

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Image caption Flyers will be handed out on Saturday night, a week after his disappearance

A "final planned search" is under way for a Durham University student missing for almost a week.

Luke Pearce was last seen early on Sunday walking along the bank of the River Wear in the city centre.

The 19-year-old, from Hounslow in west London, had been drinking with friends.

Durham Police said the search, covering the Baths Bridge and Maiden Castle area, including the use of sonar equipment, would be the last unless new information came to light.

On Saturday night, officers and members of the university rugby club will be distributing flyers appealing for help.

They will be focusing on the areas around Jimmy Allen's and Baths Bridge hoping the leaflets will jog someone's memory.

The first year engineering student is described as 6ft 2in tall with short ginger hair. He was wearing a blue polo shirt, blue jeans and white trainers.

Chief Insp Andy Huddleston said: "We expect this will be the final planned search of the area.

"Luke's family are aware of this and we will inform them immediately should there be any developments."

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