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Appeal to BMX riders in search for missing soldier

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a soldier from Brompton Barracks have issued a fresh appeal to two BMX riders seen on Corporation Street minutes after the teenager was last sighted on CCTV.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of Josh, 18, who was last seen by a friend outside the City Wall pub in Rochester on Wednesday 10th April.

We now are focusing our attention on known last CCTV sightings of Josh heading towards Gas House Road. We know that two males on BMX bikes were cycling past that area, along Corporation Street, just minutes after sight of Josh is lost. I am appealing to those two people who were in that area shortly after 1am to come forward and let us know if you saw Josh and where.

– Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rik Spicer, Kent Police

It is important to point out that you are not in trouble, we just want to learn of Josh’s last movements and you may hold vital information on this. I would urge you to call us on 101, quoting reference 10-0243. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rik Spicer, Kent Police

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'He vanished without a trace'

The father of a missing soldier has travelled to Kent to help search for him.

Josh Thomas, who is based at Brompton Barracks, Chatham, was last seen outside the City Wall pub in Rochester on Wednesday April 10, after a night out with friends.

David Johns has been speaking to Detective Chief Inspector John Coull about the search for Josh. Click here for the full interview.

Father of missing soldier to join search

Josh Thomas has been missing for a week Credit: Kent Police

The father of a missing soldier is travelling to Kent today to help search for him.

Josh Thomas, who is based at Brompton Barracks, Chatham, was last seen outside the City Wall pub in Rochester on Wednesday April 10, after a night out with friends.

Friends have set up a Facebook group appealing for information as to the 18 year old's whereabouts. His family made an emotional appeal earlier this week for Josh to get in touch and today his father, Gary, is heading to Kent from Wales to join the search.

Josh is described as white, around 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue Lyall and Scott jumper with a white and red collar, grey jeans and white Converse trainers.

CCTV released in hunt for missing soldier

Kent Police has released a CCTV image of missing teenage soldier Josh Thomas.

It captures Josh, 18, on a traffic island in the middle of the A2 outside the Crown pub in Rochester shortly before 1am on Wednesday 10 April.

The CCTV shows him walking on Rochester bridge towards Corporation Street and a black hatchback car is stopped next to him.

The car then drives off and is reversed back, seemingly for whoever's in the car to talk again to the young soldier.

Missing soldier Josh Thomas
Missing soldier Josh Thomas Credit: Kent Police

Police are also appealing to two men on BMX bikes who were seen on Corporation Street early on Wednesday morning to come forward to help in the search. They are then seen riding along the High Street back towards Rochester at just before 2am.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rik Spicer, said: "This CCTV image shows Josh sometime after he left the pub. It shows what he was wearing on the night and I would urge anyone that saw him to come forward and help us."

Josh, who comes from Wales, is a soldier at Brompton barracks on Dock Road in Gillingham, He is described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, slim build and with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue Lyle and Scott jumper with white and red collar, grey jeans and white Converse trainers.

Officers want to speak with anyone who saw Josh on Corporation Street or the people in the black car that stopped on Rochester bridge, to come forward by calling the non-emergency number, 101, quoting reference 10-0243. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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MIssing soldier's father: 'Please help me find my son'

The father of a soldier who went missing on a night out in Kent has made a desperate plea for information about his son's whereabouts.

Josh Thomas - based at barracks in Brompton - was last seen six days ago walking across a bridge over the River Medway.

Kent Police are trying to trace a car filmed on CCTV as it pulled up alongside him.

The interviewees in Jenny Line's report are Gary Thomas, Josh's father; and Inspector Ada Leppard from Kent Police.

Police appeal for missing soldier

Josh Thomas Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for help in tracing a soldier from Brompton Barracks who has been missing since the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Officers say they are growing increasingly concerned for Josh Thomas, 18, who was last seen by friends outside the City Wall pub in Rochester.

Josh, from Wales and a soldier at the barracks on Dock Road in Chatham, had been on a night out with friends and was seen shortly before 1am on CCTV cameras walking across Rochester bridge and into Corporation Street.

He is described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, slim and with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue Lyall and Scott jumper with white and red collar, grey jeans and white Converse trainers.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone that might have seen Josh on Corporation Street or might have some information that could help. You are asked to call 101, quoting reference 10-0243, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Concerns grow for missing soldier

Josh Thomas was last seen walking over Rochester Bridge Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a soldier from Brompton Barracks who has been missing since the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of Josh Thomas, 18, who was last seen by friends outside the City Wall pub in Rochester on Wednesday 10 April.

Josh, who comes from Wales and is a soldier at the barracks on Dock Road in Chatham, had been on a night out with friends in Rochester and was seen shortly before 1am on CCTV cameras walking over Rochester bridge and into Corporation Street.

He is described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, slim build and with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue Lyall and Scott jumper with white and red collar, grey jeans and white Converse trainers.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone that might have seen Josh on Corporation Street or might have some information that could help, to come forward.

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