Norfolk

Missing Sophie Smith: Builder offers £5,000 reward

Sophie Smith Image copyright Norfolk Constabulary
Image caption Sophie Smith vanished from her home in Avondale Road, Gorleston, dressed in just a vest top and shorts

A reward of £5,000 has been offered for information leading to the safe return of a missing student who has not been seen since 26 December.

Sophie Smith, 21, left her home in Gorleston, Norfolk, dressed in shorts and a vest top at 03:00 GMT.

Jason Smith, from RJS Builders, based in the town, has put up the reward.

On Friday, police said it was likely the 21-year-old had gone into the sea. The coastguard and police helicopter has searched the shoreline.

In a separate gesture, Norfolk artist Ruddy Muddy, who creates pictures of celebrities and personalities in mud on vehicles, has designed an appeal on a van to draw attention to the search for the University of East Anglia student.

Image copyright Ruddy Muddy
Image caption Norfolk artist Ruddy Muddy has created this appeal in mud
Image caption Empty caravans at the Hopton Holiday Village in Great Yarmouth were among areas searched by volunteers on Saturday

Ms Smith, who had been receiving treatment for depression and anxiety, is described as white, about 5ft 8in (1.73m), of slim build with shoulder-length blonde hair.

It is believed she was wearing a dark-coloured vest top and light-coloured shorts.

Image caption Sophie Smith's stepsister Lauren Jayne Shaw led the search in Great Yarmouth on Thursday
Image caption The 21-year-old had been receiving treatment for depression and anxiety

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