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'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

FULL REPORT: How to get help for Alcohol Addiction

A music video about the impact of alcohol addiction, put together by a man who lost his brother to the disease, has now had over 1 million hits on YouTube.

Our correspondent Keith Wilkinson has been finding out more:

Where to get help for alcohol addiction:

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1 million hits for alcohol addiction video by victim's brother

A music video about the impact of alcohol addiction, put together by a man who lost his brother to the disease, has now had over 1 million hits on YouTube.

Henry Maybury from Shrewsbury lost his brother Tom, he died at the age of just 29.

To pay tribute he put together a piece to sum up how his brother was feeling and what kind of impact drink was having not only on Tom, but also the rest of the family and his close friends.

Police hunt man after woman sexually attacked

Police are hunting a man after a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Shrewsbury. Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are hunting a man after a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Shrewsbury.

The attack happened at about 4am on September 7, when the 24-year-old woman was walking along English Bridge on her way back from the Abbey Foregate area.

When the woman realised she was being followed by a man she had spoken to earlier that evening, she turned right onto the river footpath and started walking down the steps. At that point, the man attacked her.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s with dark hair. Credit: West Mercia Police

Police believe that he then left the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s with dark hair. At the time of the attack he was wearing a dark short sleeved t-shirt, and he is believed to have a sleeve-type tattoo on his right arm.

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