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Worcester student missing: Criminal probe launched

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Police want to speak to two men over the disappearance of Thomas Jones
Police want to trace two men in connection with the disappearance of a student in his first university week.Thomas Jones, 18, was last seen near the River Severn, in Worcester, in the early hours of Wednesday.West Mercia Police have released CCTV images of the revellers they want to speak to, recorded at nearby Velvet nightclub.Officers have been "working around the clock" to find Mr Jones. Many volunteers have joined the search.Det Insp Mark Bellamy, from West Mercia Police, said: "We have been pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, and we are now currently treating this a criminal investigation.
"I'd ask anyone who recognises the men pictured, or has seen them in any photos on their social media accounts, to please come forward."
Police said the men were captured on camera at the Velvet Nightclub in Worcester
Police believe Mr Jones crossed the Sabrina footbridge, near Worcester Racecourse, and then walked on to the footpath that runs along the top of the flood defences on Hylton Road in the direction of Hallow, just before 03.50 BST.Police said hundreds of volunteers had been supporting the investigation, which was an "unprecedented response."People have been asked to check CCTV video, dashcams and garden sheds.
Police said Thomas Jones' disappearance was "extremely out of character"
Mr Jones' aunt, Jackie Rogers, said a "small army" was carrying out house-to-house inquires in and around Hylton Road and were determined to "find our boy".
The missing teenager's family believe he may have crossed over Sabrina Bridge
Mrs Rogers said the teenager sent a Facebook message to a friend at 03.46, but no-one had heard from him since.
Worcester student missing: Criminal probe launched

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Emergency services are searching for Thomas Jones
Mr Jones, from Bromsgrove, was due to start a primary teaching course at the University of Worcester. He had only moved on 16 September.Divers from South Wales Search and Rescue have searched the river near Worcester Rowing Club on Grandstand Road.
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The teenager was believed to have been wearing pale-coloured jeans, a navy blue, woollen zip-up Lacoste top and green shoes at the time of his disappearance.Appeals were made by West Brom Football Club as he is a season ticket holder at The Hawthorns. The Baggies shared his details on the big screen at the match against Millwall.Rivals Aston Villa also publicised the search.
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