Newcastle University has joined the appeal to help trace a student who has been missing for more than three weeks.

Jason Fyles was last seen at an address on Helmsley Road in Sandyford, Newcastle at approximately 2:45am on Thursday 16th May. The 19-year-old had been to visit friends after a night out in the city centre.

The Southport teenager is currently studying town planning at Newcastle. Today, the University offered its support for his safe return. Dr Alison Oldam, Head of Student Wellbeing Service at Newcastle University, said:

"Jason's family, tutors and all his friends are desperate to hear from him and to know that he is well. "Jason is a super student and his tutors are very pleased with his progress, we would say to Jason: if you are worried about anything to do with your academic studies we can work with you and help you."

Police have been conducting searches throughout Newcastle and reviewing CCTV footage from the night of his disappearance. Superintendent Andy McDyer, from Northumbria Police, said:

"As time goes on it becomes increasingly worrying not to hear from him. "We know that Jason is a conscientious student who is doing well at Newcastle and I hope the message from the University will reassure him that he will get the support he needs when he comes back. "I am appealing to Jason to contact us and let us know he's okay. We also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may have seen Jason or know where he is, to contact police."

Jason is described as being 5ft 9in tall, of slim build with a pale complexion and short ginger hair. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, grey jumper, beige chino trousers and brown leather shoes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.