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Missing teenager last seen being put in back of car

Martel Lilly, 16, was last seen on a bicycle in The Grove Credit: Essex police

Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy who was seen being put into the back of a car in Clacton and taken away.

Martel Lilly was last seen on a bicycle in The Grove on Thursday afternoon. His bike was left at the scene and has been recovered.

A 29-year-old man from Canvey Island has been arrested on suspicion of abduction.

Police believe this was a targeted incident and Martel may have been taken against his will.

I believe Martel may have been taken against his will and it is really important we find him and make sure his ok.

Martel is known to be very active on social media and it maybe that his friends have been in contact with him or have messaged him, particularly on Facebook Messenger or Snapchat.

I need anyone who has been in contact with him or knows where he is to come forward.

I believe this was a targeted incident and there is no risk to the wider public.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Smith, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate