Fears mount for missing Leeds man

Fears were mounting today for the safety of a 22-year-old missing Leeds man.

Steven Johnson vanished after a night out with another man friend in Wetherby town centre on Saturday.

Today police officers were searching open land and the banks of the River Wharfe close to Wetherby for traces of the missing man.

The last sighting of Mr Johnson is believed to have been between 12.30am and 1am on the bridge which carries the Great North Road over the River Wharfe in the town centre.

Steven was reported missing by his mother when he failed to return to

the family home in Clifford, near Wetherby, later on Sunday.

Extensive police searches were launched on foot and by the West Yorkshire Police Force helicopter which is equipped with thermal imaging camera equipment and these continued throughout Sunday and Monday.

Among those areas being scoured by officers are routes that Steven was likely to have taken to walk home including the country lanes leading from Wetherby to Clifford village.

Steven is described as a white man, about 5ft 8in tall and of medium build with fair skin, blue eyes and short blond hair, which is spiked up at the front.

At the time he disappeared he is believed to have been wearing a plain dark blue T-shirt, dark blue jeans, black trainer shoes and a black waistcoat.

Police have said that they are growing increasingly concerned for Steven's safety and regard this to be very out of character.

Det Chief Insp Lisa Griffin said: "We are trying to piece together

Steven's movements on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday morning and we want to hear from anyone who may have seen someone matching Steven's description in the area around Wetherby from midnight onwards.

"We are particularly keen to hear from any taxi drivers who may have picked Steven up either on his own or with another male in the time around midnight to 1am."

Call the helpdesk at Killingbeck Police Station via: 0845 60 60 606.

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