Police step up search for missing Swillington teenager

CCTV image of Benjamin Manning
Image caption Benjamin was seen on CCTV in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday

Police searching for a teenager missing after a night out in Wakefield have held an "information seek" in the area he was last seen one week ago.

Benjamin Manning, 17, of Swillington, was last seen walking along Denby Dale Road at about 0130 GMT last Saturday.

The teenager, who is known as Ben, had earlier been to watch a friend's band in The Black Flag on Smyth Street.

During the night, officers stopped drivers and pedestrians along the route he is believed to have walked.

Police have carried out "extensive" searches for the teenager with the force helicopter and search dogs involved.

His family and friends have also been searching Wakefield city centre and the surrounding areas.

Police said the Brigshaw High student was seen sitting in a bus shelter outside the Reflex bar, in Westgate, at about 0100 GMT on Saturday.

He then walked down Queen Street, along George Street, across Ings Road and was last seen walking along Denby Dale Road at about 0130 GMT.

His last contact with friends or family was at about this time, when he sent a text message to his mother.

He is described as white, about 5ft 8in, slim, with mousey blond shoulder-length hair. He was wearing white Converse high-tops, grey jeans, a black T-shirt and a grey fleece jacket.

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