Search for Missing Southport student Jason Fyles goes on

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Friends of missing Southport student Jason Fyles have been offered counselling as police step up their hunt for him   Jason was captured on camera less than two hours before he vanished.

Police have released images of the 19-year-old as their search for him enters day nine.

Jason, a 19-year-old first-year town planning undergraduate at Newcastle University was last seen during the early hours of last Thursday.

The teenager, from Southport, had been out with pals in the city centre before visiting course mate Sean Peacock in Sandyford, Jesmond.

Jason, of Bowsden Court halls of residence in Gosforth, left his 20-year-old friend’s home in Helmsley Road at around 2.45am on May 16th 2013 and has not been seen since.

But he posted a disturbing message on his Twitter account saying: “I find it really sad that everyone that I tried to get help. From just. Turned. Their. Back.”

Police hope these images of Jason leaving Tup Tup might jog memories and encourage people with information to come forward.

In a statement his parents Ian and Caroline and brother and sister Shaun and Kimberley said: “Please come home. There’s love and hugs waiting for you. We miss you so much, and are desperate to see you.”

Sean and his pals have set up a Facebook page as they keep the search active, and more than 8,000 people have signed it.

He said: “My flatmates and I have set up the Facebook page for Jason. This is a surreal situation and this is a very difficult time for us. We are just wanting to give our help to Jason’s family and the police.”

A Newcastle University spokesman said: “Newcastle University and its students have been involved in the search for Jason. His friends set up the Missing Newcastle Student: Jason Fyles Facebook page and posters have been displayed across campus as well as on our plasma screens.

“We cannot give specific information about students accessing the counseling provided by the University Student Wellbeing Service but we can confirm that all students on Jason’s course have been offered counselling support with trained therapists as well as through our Chaplaincy Service.

“Support for Jason’s friends and flatmates has been offered, including support around exams and the possibility of deferring – an offer which has been taken up by some.”

Anyone who has seen Jason is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191

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