Ben Manning: Mum will not stop until missing Leeds teenager is found

The family of missing Leeds teenager Ben Manning are exhausted after spending ten hours a day for the past five days helping with the police search.

Ben, 17, of Swillington, went out for a drink in Wake?eld city centre on Friday night and has not been seen or heard from since the early hours on Saturday.

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His eldest brother Lee, 29, said parents Christine, and Tony, both 49, and younger brothers Jamie, 18, and Simon, 25, and Lee, 29, are all exhausted but remain positive as the search enters its sixth day today.

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Up to 40 of Ben's family and friends have been helping with the police

search from 10am to 8pm every day.

Lee, who is managing the 'Find Ben Manning' Facebook site, said: "They are coming home after the search and they were exhausted, but they physically can't sleep through worry. My mum will not stop until Ben is found. She will go out searching every single day."

He added: "Mum is keeping herself together really well, she is a very strong woman."

Lee said police and helpers yesterday searched Thornes Park for a second time and have covered the entire Eastmoor area and Pinderfields Hospital grounds.

He added: "The police are calling it a spiral search, out from where Ben was last seen near JCT 600 garage on Denbay Dale Road. They have concentrated on the CCTV footage and have worked on covering the rivers and open spaces, going round in a circle from where Ben has been seen."

Ben, a pupil at Brigshaw High School, had been to see a friend play a gig at the Black Flag on Smyth Street and later went on to Havana nightclub.

On Wednesday police identified a fresh sighting of Ben near the JCT 600 garage on Denby Dale Road.

He had walked down Queen Street, along George Street at the side of the Gala Bingo and across Ings road.

He was seen at around 1.30am walking along Denby Dale road between Sainsbury's and the Fitness For Less gym.

Ben is white, of slim build and 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing white Converse high-tops, grey jeans, black t-shirt and agrey ?eece-type jacket.

The search was set to resume again this morning. Contact police on 01924 334716.

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