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Further appeal to help find missing Ryan Hughes from Eccles

A new picture of a teenager missing for nearly a week has been issued by police who are renewing an appeal to find him.

Ryan Hughes, 17, was reported missed from Bull Lane area of Eccles, near Aylesford, after being seen at 10.30pm last Thursday

Ryan Hughes, pictured
Ryan Hughes, pictured

A CCTV camera recorded him walking along High Street, Aylesford, a short time later.

Ryan is described as being slim, around 5ft 8in, with short brown hair.

He was wearing a navy hooded jacket with a white top underneath that had red sleeves, grey jogging bottoms and navy and white Adidas trainers.

District Commander, Ch Insp Omid Changizi, said: "Ryan has not been seen for almost a week and my officers are very concerned for his welfare.

"We are issuing a new photograph of Ryan and are urging motorists with dashcam who were travelling through Aylesford or Eccles on the night he went missing, to check for footage that may assist our enquiries."

CCTV image of Ryan Hughes walking along High, Street, Aylesford
CCTV image of Ryan Hughes walking along High, Street, Aylesford

Businesses and residents in Aylesford have united to help in the search for Ryan.

Many traders are displaying posters around the village and staff at The Hengist restaurant and The Chequers pub have been meeting with police to go through their CCTV.

Earlier this week a river search took place to find Ryan. Specialist divers were brought in from Specialist Group International.

They used sonar equipment in the River Medway on Monday night.

Taking to social media, the group said: "We deployed our high frequency side scan sonar to search the river thoroughly and supported by our divers. Unfortunately we were unable to locate Ryan. If anyone has any further information please contact Kent Police.

"Thanks to the firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue, volunteers from Kent Search and Rescue and Kent Police for their assistance at the scene.

"Our thoughts go out to Ryan’s family at this difficult time."

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 18-0613.

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