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Police issue urgent appeal to find 35-year-old man missing for over a week

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Matthew Hall, 35, from Bishop’s Stortford, Herts., has been missing since Friday, July 9. Matthew was last seen in Bishop’s Stortford town centre at 12.45pm on the Friday and was possibly seen at the Birchanger services a short while later.

He is described as 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with short brown hair, he wears glasses which are broken and was last seen wearing a red hoody and dark trousers.

Matthew also has a black devil Manchester United tattoo on the inside of his right wrist.

He has links to Essex, Boston in Lincolnshire and Slough in Berkshire.

Hertfordshire Constabulary were joined by Midshires Search and Rescue personnel as they searched the Birchanger services area and open land around Sworders Field on Friday and Saturday for clues to Matthew’s whereabouts.

Police dogs and quad bikes were also used to assist the search for Matthew.

Detective Inspector Chris Ross, of the East Herts Local Crime Unit, said: “An extensive search of the area and woodland around Birchanger Services and open land around Sworders Field, has been carried out as we continue our efforts to trace Matthew.

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“Sadly, despite the meticulous work of the search teams over the weekend, we are no closer to finding Matthew at this time and concerns continue to grow for his welfare.

“If you have seen him or have any information about where he may have travelled to, please get in touch. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could hold the key to his whereabouts.

“We are again asking the public to assist us by checking any outbuildings or garages they have, looking at their CCTV for sightings or by reporting any signs of people who may be sleeping rough.”

Anyone who has seen Matthew since he went missing or have information on his whereabouts can call the non-emergency number 101 quoting ISR 323 of 10 July. For immediate sightings, call 999 straight away.

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