Body found in Leicester Square believed to be Patrick Halpin

Enquiries are underway to establish the identity of the body.

Police who are trying to find a missing 18 year old boy have found a body in central London.

Patrick Halpin - who is from from Ireland - was on a trip with his college, and vanished after a night out in Leceister Square on Wednesday night.

Detectives say that shortly before 8pm tonight, they found a body in an enclosed area near Burger King and Zoo Bar in Leceister Square.

His sister, Regina Ni Halpin, earlier issued an appeal on Facebook to help find her brother.She wrote:

Inquiries are under way to establish the identity of the deceased, a police spokesman said.

Patrick was visiting the capital on a trip with his college.

A later post appealed for help in carrying out a search: "Hey everybody, this is Regina's friend posting on behalf of the family. We really appreciate all your messages and offers of support, we plan to carry out a search tonight if anyone in the London area is available."