Police in Essex are searching for a 15-year-old boy who has gone missing from the Harlow area.

He could be anywhere in Essex and also is known to have acquaintances in London, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Gary Akister is described as vulnerable due to his age and his family and police need to locate him to ensure he is safe.

He is described as black, 5ft 8ins tall, stocky build with black curly hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black and grey Adidas top and black Nike trainers.

Gary, originally from Kent, went missing from an address in Harlow on July 16.

Anyone with any information about his current location is urged to contact Essex Police on 101.