Ben Manning: Police investigate new sighting of missing Leeds teenager

Police are today following up a fresh lead in the hunt for missing Leeds teenager Ben Manning.

The 17-year-old from Swillington went for a drink with friends in Wakefield city centre on Friday night and has not been seen since the early hours of Saturday.

Police said today they have identified a further sighting of the Brigshaw High School student in Wakefield.

Officers say the latest information is that he was seen near the JCT 600 garage on Denby Dale Road.

Police previously revealed Ben had walked from Westgate, down Queen Street, along George Street at the side of Gala Bingo across Ings Road and along Denby Dale Road at around 1.30am on Saturday.

Extensive enquiries are being carried out including searches of local land by officers from the Wakefield Division, supported by the Operational Support Division, along with enquiries by the North East Leeds Division.

The Force Helicopter is involved along with specially-trained search dogs and other police specialists.

Police are continuing to speak to Ben's friends and family to see if they have any information which can assist enquiries.

Ben's family and friends are also continuing to search Wakefield city centre and the surrounding areas.

Ben had been dropped off in Wakefield city centre by his mother Christine at 8pm on Friday.

He had been to watch his friend's band play a gig in The Black Flag on Smyth Street.

Ben's last contact with friends or family was at around 1.30am on Saturday when he sent a text message to his mother.

He is described as white, around 5'8" tall, of slim build, with light brown hair.

At the time of his disappearance he was wearing white Converse high-tops, grey jeans, black t shirt and a grey fleece-type jacket.

Anyone who has information regarding Benjamin's whereabouts is asked to contact police via 01924 334716.

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