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Search for missing boy, 15, last seen by shopping centre lake

A entrance to Intu Lakeside in Thurrock is seen, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Thurrock, Britain, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs

Essex Police said they were called to Lakeside Shopping Centre on Friday night (Picture: Reuters)

A search is under way after a 15-year-old boy was reported missing near a lake at a shopping centre.

Essex Police were called out on Friday night following reports that a teenager had gone missing at the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock.

Superintendent Craig Saunders said: ‘Our investigation has identified that he was last seen at around 8.50pm on the lake. We will be working with specialist search teams to carry out an extensive search of the lake and surrounding area today.’

People have been asked to stay away from the area while the searches are undertaken. Anyone with CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage of the area from Friday night should call police on 101 quoting incident 1441 of July 31.

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