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It is now a week since Durham University student Sope Peters went missing. Teams from Northumbria police will help with searches on the River Wear this morning, November 5.
They will work with officers in Durham, as his family travel here from his home in the USA.
The family of missing Durham University student Sope Peters say they have not given up hope of finding him alive.
The 20-year-old, who is originally from Virginia in the USA, went missing almost a week ago after a night out with friends.
Sope's family have travelled to Durham to help with the search efforts.
Kenny Toal reports.
Seyi Adegoroye, Sope's uncle.
Bomb disposal teams from Catterick Garrison are searching a house in County Durham following a firearms incident.
Durham Police are also involved in the search in Sacriston, near to Chester-le-Street.
Officers were called to an address in Fulforth Way at around 7.30pm on Sunday, November 3 following a "firearms incident"
A man, 27, was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and remains in police custody.
– Detective Inspector Gavin Heckles
"During the initial searches of the property it became apparent to us that we needed to request the assistance of our colleagues from Catterick.
"This is purely a precautionary measure and I would like to reassure the public there is no need to be concerned.
"We would like to ask the local residents for their cooperation while the worl continues and thank them for their patience."
Police divers are searching for a student from Durham who has been missing for almost a week. Sope Peters disappeared after a night out with friends.
The student community has joined the search for the missing 20 year old. They are handing out leaflets, and police have carried out a low level helicopter search in the city.
Police say they have not given up hope of finding Durham University student Sope Peters alive. He has been missing since a night out with friends last Tuesday night.
Fellow students have been handing out leaflets to passers-by, asking for helping in finding the 20 year old.
Watch a report from Patrick Tyner:
A desperate search has been continuing along the riverbank in Durham for a missing 20 year old student. Sope Peters hasn't been seen since late on Tuesday night after he disappeared during a night out drinking with his friends. Gregg Easteal reports.
– Insp Paul ANDERSON
"We are very concerned for Sope as there has been no trace of him since Tuesday night.
"He hasn’t responded to any attempts to contact him and his phone has not been traced.
“If anyone has seen him since then or if they say a young man matching his description in Durham on Tuesday night I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible on 101."
Sope, aged 20, was wearing a blue jumper over a black shirt and light green trousers when he went missing on Tuesday night, October 29.
He is described as black, 5' 7" tall and of average build. He has an American accent and normally wears glasses but these have been found at his flat.
Durham Police have classed a missing international student as high risk.
Sopefoluwa Peters, also known as Sope, has not been seen since Tuesday night, October 29, after leaving his flat in Highgate in the city.
The 20-year-old is in his second year studying economics at Hatfield College at Durham University.
His parents live in Northern Virginia in the USA and are being kept informed by police.
Search teams are out in Durham today - officers are conducting searches along the riverbank. They are being assisted by the police helicopter.
Sope is described as black, 5' 7" tall and of average build. He has an American accent and normally wears glasses but these have been found at his flat.
Officers are searching for a Durham University student who has not been seen since Tuesday night, October 29.
Sopefoluwa Peters, 20, an international student, was reported missing by a member of staff at the university yesterday after concerns were raised by fellow students.
Officers say Sopefoluwa, who is usually known as ‘Sope’ left his flat in Highgate in the city at about 11.30pm on Tuesday.
He was last seen at about midnight outside Klute’s and indicated to his friends that he would catch them up in the adjacent ‘Jimmy Allen’s’ bar.
But his friends did not see him at Jimmy Allen’s and Sope has failed to respond to texts, emails and messages on Facebook. His friends say this is completely out of character and police have classed Sope as high risk.