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Missing Corrie Mckeague: Van artist Ruddy Muddy joins search

Rick Minns with the van Image copyright Barry Minns
Image caption Rick Minns, known as Ruddy Muddy, spent half an hour sketching missing Corrie Mckeague's face in dirt on his van

An artist who uses dirty vehicles as a canvas has joined in the search effort for a missing RAF serviceman.

Rick Minns, nicknamed Ruddy Muddy, creates his works of arts in the mud, grease and dust on unwashed vans.

He has used his "graffilthy art" to depict an image of Corrie Mckeague, who has been missing since September.

Mr Mckeague's mother Nicola Urquhart said it was "amazing" and hoped the "unusual" artwork would help spread the message in the search for her son.

She said: "It really is a fantastic likeness, I really can't believe he has done that on a back of a van.

"It's so unusual, I've never seen anything like it before. I think it will get people talking."

Image copyright Barry Minns
Image caption It is hoped the image will raise awareness of Mr McKeague's disappearance

Mr Mckeague, originally from Dunfermline in Fife, has been missing since a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk on 24 September.

The 23-year-old gunner was last spotted on CCTV walking alone and eating takeaway food at 03:20 BST.

He was seen going into the "Horseshoe" area, a loading bay area close to Brentgovel Street, and not seen coming out again.

Mr Minns, 42, from Wicklewood, Norfolk, who first hit the headlines with his art in 2014, said he was "happy to help" the search.

He said: "Anything that can make a few more people aware - if it's seen by someone and leads to more information that would be great."

Image copyright Suffolk Constabulary
Image caption Mr Mckeague's mum Nicola Urquhart said she "could not believe" the likeness Mr Minns achieved by sketching her son's face on the back of his van

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