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Police search for missing man focuses on the River Severn

The police search for Daniel Hodgin, who went missing last Sunday morning, has focused on exploring the various routes he could have taken on his way home.

Volunteers were asked to search riverbanks and nearby parks for any signs of Daniel.

Whilst search and rescue teams made their way along the river itself.

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Family overwhelmed by amount of people joining the search

The family of Daniel Hodgin say it's really nice to see how many people have turned out to help in the search for him.

Today, hundreds gathered at the Buttermarket nightclub, where Daniel was last seen on Sunday morning, offering to help.

Police focused volunteers on the nearby River Severn for any signs of where Daniel might have gone.

Officers search river for missing Telford man

Police have released CCTV of a missing man from Telford who has not been seen since a night out in Shrewsbury last weekend.

It is believed Daniel Hodgin left the Buttermarket nightclub at around 3.30am on Sunday morning.

Officers will be in Shrewsbury's Buttermarket today searching for the 20-year-old.

Police have released this CCTV Credit: West Mercia Police

“We are carrying out extensive searches in the Shrewsbury area to locate Daniel. These involve using police dogs, the police helicopter and boats to search the river area. We are often reliant on the help and support of the public to assist us and urge anyone with any information to contact us”.

– Chief Inspector Tom Harding
Daniel Hodgin Credit: West Mercia Police

'Devastated' family's heartfelt appeal to find man

The family of missing 20-year-old man who disappeared in the early hours of Sunday morning have issued a heartfelt appeal for his safe return.

Daniel Hodgin hasn't been seen since Sunday Credit: West Mercia Police

Daniel Hodgin had been on a night out in Shrewsbury town centre. His mother, Lorraine, last spoke to him at 5.30am when she called to offer him a lift home.

He said he would walk home although he was unsure where he was, so we drove to Shrewsbury anyway but could not find him.

We are devastated as any parent would be who did not know where their son was.

As a family we have been in and around Shrewsbury searching day and night.

We have given out leaflets asking for anyone to come forward with any information as to his whereabouts or the location of any of his possessions.

– Lorraine, Daniel's mother

It is believed Daniel left the Buttermarket nightclub at around 3.30am on Sunday Morning.

His disappearance has been described as completely out of character.

Concerns are growing by the hour for Daniel with the current cold weather, and we request that public keep an eye out for a man matching Daniel’s description.

We are carrying out extensive searches in the Shrewsbury area to locate Daniel. These involve using police dogs, the police helicopter and boats to search the river area.

We are working with the family to ensure they are kept up to date with any developments in the investigation and we continue to follow all lines of enquiry.

– Chief Inspector Tom Harding, West Mercia Police

Violent robbery of 14-year-old girl in Shrewsbury

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A teenage girl has been attacked as she walked along the tow path by the River Severn in Shrewsbury.

It happened between 15:40 and 16:00 on Tuesday, between Lesley Owen Way and Telford Way.

She was approached by four men who blocked her path. The victim handed her bag over to them and tried to walk away but one man grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground.

The youngest man in the group then went on to physically assault the girl whilst she was on the floor.

The attackers walked away, but one returned and spat at her, before leaving - laughing.

Four suspects:

  • 50-years-old, long dark grey beard, pointed in shape and down to his chest. Wearing a grey t-shirt and yellow beanie hat and carrying a small bin liner.
  • 20-years-old, around 6ft 2 in height, skinny build with bright blue eyes and stubble on his face. Wearing a thin yellow jacket with grey tracksuit trousers and black Adidas TT trainers. He was also carrying a JD swing bag.
  • Around 5ft 6 in height and of an average build. He also had dark stubble on his face and was wearing a yellow beanie.
  • Similar to the third, but wearing a hat which was pulled back to show dark hair.

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David Beckham makes Shrewsbury cancer patient's dream come true

David Beckham chats to Lloyd Burton and his mother, Di Credit: Press Association

David Beckham has made a Shrewsbury cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.

Lloyd Burton, 11, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer - a national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

The Manchester United fan's budding football career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.

Lloyd had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury. But after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he is now in a wheelchair.

I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.

He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day.

– Lloyd Burton

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