Police comb River Wear in search for missing Matthew Bentham

Police searching the River Wear today.

Police searching the River Wear today.

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Police are carrying out searches of the River Wear area as they continue to look for Sunderland man Matthew Bentham who has been reported missing for three days.

Matthew, who is 26 and from Hylton Castle, has not been seen since 11pm on December 26 when he left his home address in his car - a grey Ford Focus estate. (reg number ND07WBU).

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

A car similar to Matthew's was spotted on CCTV on the A19 near to the River Wear, on Sunday December 27 at about 2.40am, and officers are focusing their searches around the river at this location.

Chief Inspector Julian Bowransaid: "We are really concerned for Matthew's welfare and would urge anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible.

"A similar car to Matthew's was seen near to the river in the early hours of Sunday morning and we are carrying out searches of the area, including sections of the river itself, as there is a possibility that he may have gone into the river.

"Matthew's family and friends are extremely worried about him and if anyone saw anything, or has any information that might help us find Matthew, then I'd ask that they contact us as soon as possible with any information."

Missing man Matthew Bentham

Missing man Matthew Bentham

Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Northumbria Police's Marine unit search the River Wear, near the Shipwright's Pub, North Hylton.

Missing: Matthew Bentham

Missing: Matthew Bentham