The mother of a missing teenager who's believed to be attempting to walk from East Sussex to East Yorkshire has made a heartfelt appeal for him to get in touch.

It is now six days since 16-year-old Owen Harding disappeared from his home in Saltdean, near Brighton.

With the Covid-19 lockdown making travel difficult, there are fears that the teenager was attempting to walk the 280 miles to his girlfriend's home inPocklington.

Owen's mother Stella Harding told ITV News Tyne Tees that she is 'extremely worried':

It has been six days since he left home, we are all still searching. Everyone has been so helpful, especially with the Covid-19 lockdown situation in place. ''Owen if you are seeing this, we love you very much, we miss you. We want to know that you are safe. You are not in any trouble.'' >

Stella Harding, Owen's Mother
Owen Harding Credit: Sussex Police

Owen's disappearance has drawn national attention, with TV presenter and family friend Nadia Sawalha and radio presenter Zoe Ball among those sharing the appeal on social media.

Sussex Police, who are involved in the search for Owen, said concern for hissafety and welfare continues to grow.

Anyone who sees him should call 999 immediately, and anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts should call 101 or report it online, quoting Operation Chartwell.

When Owen left, he was upset that he wasn't going to be able to get a train to visit his girlfriend, Meg, in East Yorkshire due to the lockdown."

Stella Harding, Owen's Mother mum
Owen and his girlfriend Meg Credit: Family Photo

Owen was last seen leaving his home between 6pm and 7pm on March 26.

He is white, between 5ft 11in and 6ft, and of athletic build, with shortbrown hair.

He normally wears white trainers and a dark hoodie, and is thought to have been wearing dark joggers, police said.

Ms Harding added:

While it is extremely out of character for Owen to leave and not be in contact, Covid-19 has put everyone under lots of strain and we don't want to rule anything out. Some of his friends believe that he may have attempted to walk from Saltdean to the North.

Stella Harding, Owen's Mother

A potential line of enquiry around his mobile phone was discounted. However, links to the East Riding of Yorkshire remain under consideration.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry said:

"Along with Owen's family and friends, we are very keen to hear from anyone who can help us in our search for him. Were you driving in the Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs area the evening of his disappearance and might you have captured dashcam footage of him? Did you see Owen in the Saltdean area after 6pm on Thursday?

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry