Police searching for a missing woman from Merthyr Tydfil say her family are "desperate" for news following her disappearance.

Brooke Morris was last seen when she was dropped off in the early hours of Saturday and police have been carrying out a large scale search with help from the local community.

Superintendent Ceri Hughes from South Wales Police said Brooke's disappearance is "completely out of character". She said concerns for her safety and wellbeing are increasing since she went missing after a night out in Merthyr on October 12th.

Friends and members of the community have helped search for her since her disappearance

"We know that Brooke went to Merthyr town centre and she was dropped off near to her home address at around 2:30am.

"We don't believe that Brooke actually went into her home and we believe that she walked down a lane that leads towards a bridge that goes into Treharris. So, our inquiries are focussing around searching the local area for her."

Locals have been gathering at the rugby club in Treharris to search for Brooke

Police officers and specialist search teams have been helped by members of the local community who have been organising searches from Treharris rugby club.

The search is being focussed around local waterways and woods.

"I think the response from the community has been excellent and really reflects the close-knit nature of the community - as well as Brooke's popularity", Supt Hughes said.

"We are grateful for that support but also grateful for the cooperation of the members of the community in the search operation because their safety is really important also. Particularly when there are hazards such as waterways and railway tracks it is really important that we use specially trained officers to undertake such dangerous searches. I would like to reinforce the need to make sure that we work together to make sure everybody is safe".

Brooke is described as 5ft 3” tall, slight build with long dark hair and was last seen wearing boyfriend style jeans and a red long sleeve top at around 2:40am on October 12th.