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Family fears for safety of student missing in London

The family of 18-year-old Irish student Patrick Halpin are growing increasingly concerned for his safety after he went missing in London on his first trip abroad.

The DCU student was last seen on Tuesday night in The Zoo nightclub just off Leicester Square.

His sister Regina (22), who has been making frantic pleas on social media for help finding her brother, was this morning flying to London with her father Paddy to help in the search.

Regina, also studying at DCU, said Patrick's trip to London "is his first time out of the country with a group of friends like this".

"He's young, he's naive. And London's very different to Dublin," she said.

Speaking to the Herald from the airport, she said: "We hope that it was something silly, something innocent. People go missing all the time and they do turn up."

She said her dad is "devastated", adding "my mother (Elsie) is at home with her sister. We decided somebody needs to stay at home. I think she's in shock".

It is believed he left the club to go to a nearby Burger King fast food outlet, and he hasn't been seen since. Police are trawling through CCTV footage.

Last night his phone was ringing out as family and police desperately tried to find him.

Patrick had been visiting London with Dublin City University's drama club to see some shows in the West End.

Originally from Co Galway, Patrick is studying to be an actuary in DCU and he is a member of the Loughrea Youth Theatre in his home town.


His sister Regina said Patrick and his friends were "all in the nightclub together" adding: "He was supposed to go to The Book of Mormon this morning, which he had been really looking forward to. And he was very excited about that.

"The police have put out everything that they can and they're going through CCTV and tracking his phone," she added.