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Father to make appeal for missing student son

Souvik Pal has been missing since the early hours of New Years' Day Photo: GMP

The father of missing student Souvik Pal will appeal for information about his missing son, one week after his disappearance.

Greater Manchester Police are also searching for another man who went missing on New Year's Day. Michael Simpson was last seen in the Bredbury area.

Souvik, who is 18 and studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, was reported missing by a flatmate at about 5.30am in the early hours of New Years' Day. He was last seen at the Warehouse Project, Trafford Wharf Road, at about 11pm on New Years' Eve.

He is Asian, 5ft 7in tall, of slim build. He is an international student from India and speaks with an Indian accent. He has a scar on the right side of his forehead.

When last seen he was wearing a pale denim long sleeve shirt with a collar, grey chino trousers, navy blue leather boots.

Since his disappearance, officers from GMP have made a number of enquiries to find Souvik and retrace his final movements.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said: “With every day that passes, we are becoming more concerned for Souvik’s welfare.

“As you can imagine, his family in India are fraught with worry. His father has now made the journey to the UK, such is the concern from his loved ones.

“We have had a good response from our appeal and continue to work with organisers from the Warehouse Project.

“We are grateful to Manchester Metropolitan University for their support for what is clearly a very difficult time for Souvik’s friends.

“I would like to take this opportunity however to appeal to anyone who may have been at the Warehouse Project that night to call us if they feel they have any information that could assist this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4223 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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