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Sunday 20 April 2014

Two men arrested over disappearance of boy (17)

Two men have been arrested by police investigating the disappearance of a 17-year-old boy who failed to return home after a night out.

Adam Pickup was on a night out in Manchester city centre with friends when he left Fab Cafe in Portland Street at around 3.20am on Saturday.

The teenager from Stockport was last seen on CCTV walking along Oxford Street at about 3.30am, where he appeared to be speaking with a man and woman.

Tonight, a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokeswoman said: "Police have arrested two men as part of their inquiries to locate the missing man Adam Pickup.

"They are currently in police custody for questioning. Inquiries are ongoing to find Adam and police continue to appeal to anyone who may have seen him or knows of his whereabouts."

Police have appealed for the public's help to trace Adam and have urged the man and woman to contact them.

Superintendent John Berry said: "We are extremely concerned for Adam's welfare and we are stepping up our searches.

"If you have any information about his whereabouts or you remember seeing Adam we would urge you to get in touch and tell us where you saw him or where he may have been going.

"In particular, while he was walking up Oxford Street Adam appears to be walking alongside a couple and speaking to them.

"If this was you please get in touch and tell us what you know. We are trying to trace Adam's movements and at this point it is not clear what direction he goes in. This couple may have vital information to help us find him."

Adam is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, slim with mousey brown hair. He was wearing a maroon long-sleeved collared shirt, black jeans and black leather Nike trainers with white soles.

The man and woman are described as being white, both with dark hair and wearing dark clothing. The man appears to be wearing glasses and a blue scarf.

Anyone with information about Adam's movements or whereabouts should contact police on 0161 856 9675, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The two men arrested are aged 24 and 25, a police spokeswoman said.

Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes said detectives were still treating Adam's disappearance as a missing person investigation.

"As part of our inquiries to locate Adam Pickup we have made two arrests," he said.

"At this stage, it is not clear what involvement, if any, they may or may not have had in relation to Adam so we would ask the public not to speculate.

"Having said that, these two men will be interviewed so we can find out if they know anything about Adam's movements on Friday night into Saturday.

"This very much remains a missing person investigation and would urge the public to get in touch if they have any information about his movements that night or his current whereabouts."

 

 

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